Base Versus Loaded: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

By Brandon Turkus

April 18, 2013

We’re reviving the Base Versus Loaded series, and to start things off, we’ve got the all-new, auto-only Porsche 911 GT3. Dive into the options with us below.
Part of the fun of playing with Porsche’s model configurator comes from tacking on some of the ridiculous options that Porsche offers its customers. Our three favorites from the GT3? A $165 leather key pouch, a $380 leather-covered fuse box cover, and the $325 silver wheels (which we don’t like merely because the standard hoops looks so good).
There’s a lot here that we couldn’t live without, on the GT3, though. Porsche’s brilliant carbon-ceramic brakes are a must-have item if you’re thinking about approaching a track. It’s a tough pill to swallow, at $9210, but we suspect it’s one that will pay for itself the next time you overcook it into a corner. Porsche’s LED headlights are a no-brainer, at just $3110, although we could probably do without the $510 ambient lighting kit.
Winding Road’s ideal 911 GT3 would looks like this: White exterior, LED headlights, carbon-ceramic brakes, the no-cost 90-liter fuel tank, the adaptive sport seats, and of course the carbon-fiber interior package. Heated seats, satellite and HD radio, and the sound package would be the primary options. All told, we’d be shelling out $152,375 for the Winding Road GT3.
Price: $130,400 (911 GT3) + $950 (Destination Charge) + $0 (Options) = $131,350
Price: $130,400 (911 GT3) + $950 (Destination Charge) + $49,870 = $181,220
What $49,870 Buys
Anthracite Brown Metallic Paint: $3140
Leather interior in black/Alcantara, stitching in Guards Red: $33,20
Fuel filler cap in aluminum look: $160
Headlight cleaning system cover painted: $295
Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor: $690
Clear glass tail lights: $610
LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus: $3110
Front axle lift system: $3490
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes: $9210
Wheels painted in Silver: $325
Seat belts in Silver Grey: $340
Fire extinguisher: $140
Seat heating: $690
Light Design Package: $510
            -Ambient LED lighting
            -Overhead console
            -Area of door handles
            -Door storage compartment
            -Rear seats
            -Driver and front passenger footwell
Instrument dials in White: $860
Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-way): $2635
Air vent slats painted: $1710
Sport Chrono clock dial in White: $500
Leather key pouch: $165
Personalized floor mats with leather edging: $455
Fuse box cover in leather: $380
Sport Seats Plus backrest shells in leather: $465
Instrument surround leather: $370
Additional interior package, dashboard in leather: $1710
            -Leather-wrapped interior
            -Windshield defroster panel
            -Instrument surround upper section
            -Side defroster vents
            -Center dashboard upper section trim
Leather interior package with decorative red stitching: $1490
PCM package in leather: $2225
Center console trim in Carbon Fiber: $630
Carbon interior package (with leather interior): $1340
Personalized door sill guards in carbon, illuminated: $1640
Voice control: $595
Six-disc CD/DVD autochanger: $750
Electronic logbook: $650
Sirius XM Satellite Radio receiver and HD Radio receiver: $1120
Sound Package Plus: $700
Sport Chrono Clock (with PCM): $400
Telephone module: $265
Cordless handset for telephone module: $665
European Navigation on PCM: $250
Standard Features
3.8 liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder aluminum engine
Max. power: 475 hp
Max. torque: 325 lb.-ft.
Engine features
Aluminum block and cylinder heads
Water cooling
4 valves per cylinder
VarioCam camshaft control for inlet and outlet valves
Hydraulic valve clearance compensation
Dry-sump lubrication with separate engine oil tank
On-demand electronically controlled oil pump
Electronic engine management
Electronic throttle
Pressure sensor for determining air mass
Direct fuel injection (DFI)
Cylinder-specific knock control
Two 3-way catalytic converters
Stereo Lambda control circuits
Static high-voltage distribution system with individual ignition coils
Resonance intake system with control valve
Sport exhaust system with two central tailpipes in Black
On-board diagnostics for monitoring emission control system
LEV II - LEV emission standards
Performance and Transmission
7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with short transmission ratios, GT3-specific sports tuning and RACE TRACK button
Rear wheel drive
Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) including electronically controlled rear differential lock with fully variable standard torque split
9 J x 20-inch GT3 forged alloy wheels, platinum colored, with central locking and 245/35 ZR 20 sport tires in front
12 J x 20-inch GT3 forged alloy wheels, platinum colored, with central locking and 305/30 ZR 20 sport tires at the rear
Tire sealing compound and electric air compressor
Electromechanical power steering with variable steering ratio and speed-sensitive power steering assistance
McPherson strut suspension with anti-roll bar at front, chassis bearings partially with ball joints
LSA multi-link suspension with anti-roll bar at rear, chassis bearings partially with ball joints
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with ABS, ASR, ABD and MSR
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with sport tuning and a lowered ride height of approximately 30 mm compared to 911 Carrera
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with race track mode
Adjustable chassis for race track use (toe, camber, anti-roll bars)
6-piston aluminum fixed monobloc calipers front and 4-piston aluminum fixed monobloc calipers rear
Brake discs with 380 mm diameter front and rear, all discs internally ventilated and cross-drilled
ABS (integrated in PSM)
Brake pad wear indicators
Brake Calipers in Red
Electric parking brake
2-seat Coupe
Intelligent lightweight construction with aluminum-steel composite
Fully galvanized, lightweight shell
Fixed rear wing, individually adjustable
Front fascia with integrated cooling air intakes including titanium-colored grills, spoiler lip, and air outlet opening
Underbody paneling with rear diffuser
“PORSCHE” and “GT3” logotype on rear lid in Black
Aluminum luggage compartment lid, front fenders, doors, roof panel and elements of the bodyshell
Rear lid in plastic with one-piece ram air box
Water-repellent coating on door windows
SportDesign exterior mirror on door panel
Grey top tint on windscreen
Electrical Systems
Power windows with one-touch operation and door seal protection
Rain sensing windshield wiper system with aerodynamic wiper blades, 2 wiper speeds, adjustable intermittent wipe and heated washer nozzles
Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors on door panels
Heated rear glass window
CDR audio system with 7-inch color touchscreen, radio with dual tuner, 4 speakers, 2x25 watt integrated amplifier, single CD drive with playback of MP3 format music
Universal audio interface (AUX-IN) in the glove compartment for connection of external audio sources
HomeLink(R) programmable garage door opener
Interior lighting with variable dimming
Reading lights, luggage compartment lighting, orientation lighting, ignition lock and vanity mirror lighting in LED technology, as well as footwell lighting, glove compartment, and exit lights
Three 12-volt plugs (passenger side footwell, glove compartment, enclosed center console storage compartment)
Power release button for front and rear lid
Cruise control
Lighting Systems
Bi-Xenon(TM) headlights with dynamic headlight leveling
Separate auxiliary light modules in front fascia with daytime running lights, position lights, front and side LED flasher repeaters, and darkened front light modules
Tail lights incl. back-up light, rear fog light and turn signals as well as the high-level third brake light and license plate illumination in LED
Reflectors integrated in rear fascia
Driving light assistant with Automatic welcome home lighting
Integral cluster of 5 round instruments
Analog gauges for revs, speed, oil temperature, coolant temperature and fuel level
Central rev counter and high-resolution 4.6-inch TFT color display with on-board computer functions, white illumination
Instrument dials in black with yellow pointers and increment markers
Rev counter with titanium-colored dial, "GT3" logo, gear and upshift indicator
Safety and Security
Full-size airbags for driver and front passenger
Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP), side impact protection in the doors, thorax airbags integrated in the side bolsters of the seats, head airbags integrated in door panels
Three-point automatic seatbelts, with buckle on seat
Seat belt pretensioners and force limiters
Remote central door locking incl. release for luggage compartment lid
Engine immobilizer and alarm system with radar-based interior surveillance
Climate Control Systems
2-zone automatic climate control with separate temperature controls for driver and front passenger side, automatic air circulation control incl. air quality sensor
Active carbon filter
Green tinted heat-insulating glass
Sport seats Plus with raised side bolsters, electric backrest and height adjustment with mechanical fore/aft adjustment
Integral headrests in front seats with GT3 logo stitched in Platinum Grey
GT3 SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles, Alcantara steering wheel rim and leather covered airbag module in Black, manual height and fore/aft adjustment
Black leather seats with seat center in Black Alcantara(R), backrest shells painted Silver Grey
Black interior with elements in Black Alcantara(R): door handles, door panel armrests, center console storage lid, rear center tunnel trim and roof lining including C-pillar trim
Interior components in Brushed Aluminum: dashboard decorative trim and center console trim
Dual cupholders integrated behind decorative dashboard trim above glove compartment
GT3 gear selector with Black Alcantara(R) handle, GT3 logo on the gear selector trim surround
Storage compartments in each door
Elevated center console with open storage compartment and a closed storage compartment with a 12-volt outlet
GT3 logo on the door entry guards, rev counter, and rear cover
Exterior solid colors: Black, White, Guards Red, Racing Yellow
Interior standard colors: Black