Make : Porsche
Model : 911 GT3
Year : 2014
Owner : Antonio Daniel
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon
We chose for this month’s special vehicle section the “2014 Porsche 991 GT3” owned by Antonio Daniel. Before even going into details with this very extraordinary vehicle, we want to share with you Antonio’s fairy tale and his passion for Porsche.
We sat down with Antonio while shooting the Porsche and chit chatted about his passion for Porsche and how it all started and what led him to buy this vehicle in particular. Antonio shared with us a story closer to a fairy tale or a Disney movie that we thought of sharing it here with all Porsche fanatics.
His passion for Porsche started at a very young age, and peaked just before hitting 18. He used to watch his brother’s friend drive his Boxster around and enjoy the thrill of driving a Porsche. This specific Porsche has undergone several upgrades that made it a sight to enjoy, a sound to fear and a joy beyond compare, Antonio wanted this car.
On graduation day, Antonio and after a long day of festivities came back home and saw the Porsche on his driveway, he went to talk to his brother’s friend to see what would be the possibility to enjoy it for a ride. The surprise was his brother standing and flashing the keys in his hands and saying congratulations.
Flash back a few hours before this magical moment, the owner of the car wanted to buy the Mercedes owned by Antonio’s brother so he came and made the swap.
From that moment, Antonio’s passion for Porsches started, and its 11 years of an ongoing joyful journey began, leading him bit by bit from one Porsche to another to eventually buy this GT3. How Antonio got a hold of it, is also a quite interesting story by itself. And since this article is about the Porsche and not Antonio, we will stop at this point by just saying that once this car was delivered to Antonio, he postponed his travel one month just to get the chance to test the thrill before flying away to his destination.
Now back to our GT3 and why this car is superb by all means. When it was first launched in 2014 Porsche fans and car enthusiasts were fascinated by its look, its drivability, maneuverability and ready to track race setup which exceeded the precedent generations by miles.
This car can race on track, drive on roads and fly low without the roughness of the journey, it is truly an everyday track car.
All of this is great but what is truly amazing is the wonder under rear bonnet, imagine an engine that can produce 475 Horsepower and rev up to 9000 rpm and wait for it, it is not a V8 engine nor turbo charged it is actually the flat six cylinder naturally aspirated GT3 911 phenomena, the genius creation of the German engineers that were able to produce a naturally aspirated engine capable of meeting tougher emissions standards and generating its power through the old-fashioned method of revving into the lower stratosphere. The motor produces its peak 475 horsepower at 8250 rpm, with the limiter set at a dizzying 9000 rpm, however the real kick is when you actually hit the throttle and the needle passes the “5” on the tach, you can feel yourself flying low between 7000 and 9000 rpm.
The 991 GT3 is a race and pure track car that can be driven on a daily basis while enjoying its luxurious interior options such as the PCM Porsche communication management and many more…
- Engine: Naturally Aspirated 3.8L flat 6
- Horsepower: 475bhp
- 0 to 100km: 3.5 seconds
- Top speed: 315 km
- Rear wheel drive with active rear wheel steering.
- Gear box 7 speed PDK double clutch designed especially for the 991 GT3 with special PDK Sport button and exhaust system giving it a very loud sound and very responsive and extremely quick gear shifts
- Full LED lights with PDLS plus (Porsche dynamic light system+)
“Once I drove my first Porsche I knew I couldn’t drive any other car ever”,
– said Antonio