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Lately been thinking about going a different route as the miles pile up on the GTR (55k and 1 trans replacement), and the 997 GT3 RS comes to mind. Sure, it won't be as fast as the GTR or as comfortable, but they seem like they would be more enjoyable on the track. Not to mention more reliable and sound amazing (imo). Never really been a Porsche fan and have zero interest in the 997 TT.

To the people that have experienced both, what are your thoughts?
 

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I currently have a 2011 GT3 and had 2007 GTR for almost 3 years. 2011 GT3 is definitely faster than the 2007 by a good margin. It's much more stable and easier to drive.

I've also had 2009 GTR and currenlty have 2010 GTR w/t bolt on mod (puts down around 600 whp).

Conclusion: You have to have both. If you sell your GTR, I guarantee you'll get another one within a year. Hence, me having a 2010 GTR.

Which is faster? GTR is definitely faster by good +2 seconds per lap.

So why buy a GT3? My main reason is joining best car/track club (Porsche Club of America and Porsche Owners Club) that's exclusive to Porsche owners. There are tons on events and not just track days, but actual wheel to wheel racing. Plus you get to hang out with some great car enthusiasts.

So keep your GTR, go buy a 2010 or 2011 GT3 or GT3 RS and join Porsche Owners Club.
 

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If I could afford to have another fun car, GT3 would be on the top of my list, but I couldn't see getting rid of my GTR for one. I feel that the GTR is a more fun street car, while the GT3 is a more fun track car.

They are two very different cars, you need to pick the one you will have the most fun with.
 

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I owned an 09 - 997 GT3 with lots of track mods and now have a 2012 GTR - very different cars. The GTR is a much more powerful street car, and faster on the track - but the GT3 was lighter and longer lasting for a full track day of hard driving, less brake fade, less gas, everything a lighter car car provides - it sounded great with an aftermarket exhaust. Probably will get one again - but always will own a GTR now that I have experienced it both on the street and track. I love the way it appears to be a normal car everyday and yet delivers killer performance.
 

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US probably won't get the 991 GT3 till 2013 spring. I've just put a deposit down to be #2 on the waiting list.

And GT3s are cheap to own in terms of depreciation. I bought my 997 GT3 CPO for $89K in 2009 with 3K miles. I sold it for $85K with 11K miles. Besides sales tax and DMV tag, basically I enjoyed the car for 3 years for $4K. It's like owning a Honda Civic.
 

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US probably won't get the 991 GT3 till 2013 spring. I've just put a deposit down to be #2 on the waiting list.

And GT3s are cheap to own in terms of depreciation. I bought my 997 GT3 CPO for $89K in 2009 with 3K miles. I sold it for $85K with 11K miles. Besides sales tax and DMV tag, basically I enjoyed the car for 3 years for $4K. It's like owning a Honda Civic.
4K in 3 years is awesome !!!!
BTW, my friend and I have deposit on 991 GT3.
 

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basically I enjoyed the car for 3 years for $4K.
Now that is a huge plus point.

On that note, I've heard from several individuals that Porsche tends to be more lenient with regards to warranty work on cars that have been tracked, compared with most other companies. Have any here found this to be the case?
 

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As far as I know with my POC GT3 buddies, we never had a major problem. So never really had to deal with warranty work. I think there were few engines with bad RMS, but they were all replaced by Porsche. On my 2007, I didn't even have to replace the clutch with +20 track days. Maybe it was because of my flawless hill-toe down shift, but still it's pretty amazing.

Mezger motor is pretty bullet proof with titanium rods, forged pistons and billet forged crank shaft. And the transmission is made of steel not aluminum from getdrag compared to other 911s. In 2009, my friends and I ran the 2007 GT3 at 24 hours of Thurnder Hill without a single problem and I believe the car is still running strong today.
 

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Is it possible for a car to scare you and make you feel as if you are going to poop your drawers? The GT3 does and I like it!
 

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Thanks for the input guys! I think I might wait and see what the 991 GT3 has to offer.
i would wait as well. i haven't ever driven an RS but i've driven a 997 GT3 and it was fantastic. an insanely balanced car (power to weight to grip to braking, etc). had an absolute blast. but i'd only do it if you can keep the GTR. it's a great car and you'll miss it's creature comforts if you get the RS i think.
 

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If you are wanting to go GT3 RS, why not opt for the GT3 RS 4.0?
Unfortunately you can't buy one new anymore, and they're quite difficult to find used by all accounts. Only 600 of them were made for worldwide consumption.
 

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As far as I know with my POC GT3 buddies, we never had a major problem. So never really had to deal with warranty work. I think there were few engines with bad RMS, but they were all replaced by Porsche. On my 2007, I didn't even have to replace the clutch with +20 track days. Maybe it was because of my flawless hill-toe down shift, but still it's pretty amazing.

Mezger motor is pretty bullet proof with titanium rods, forged pistons and billet forged crank shaft. And the transmission is made of steel not aluminum from getdrag compared to other 911s. In 2009, my friends and I ran the 2007 GT3 at 24 hours of Thurnder Hill without a single problem and I believe the car is still running strong today.
That's great to hear, my hats off to the Porsche engineers, they certainly know how to make a well built car for both track and daily use.
 
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