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Old 05-14-2018, 01:41 PM
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Anyone switch from 911 Turbo to GT3? Harry Da Hamster is at an impasse, need advise

Morning fellas. Going to warn you in advance, this is a bunch of "thinking out loud" rambling but my main goal is to seek your insight on switching from Turbo to GT3...

Looking for insight from fellow Turbo owners who have switched to a GT3 or owns a GT3 along side their Turbo. I'm selling my 997 Turbo and considering jumping ship to a 991 GT3 (Also considering a 991 Turbo S). I know the differences and compromises of the GT3, no need to school me on that. But here's my only hesitation. Loads of power from the Turbo. And loads of easily accessible power from simple upgrades. Driving a modded Turbo makes me feel like i'm riding a big ol Roman Chariot, that thing was a beast! She's the fastest ride i've owned by far (slow compared to you 991 guys though). When i hit that throttle, it feels like my ***** double in size. My manhood grows with every street kill. I'm pretty humble in person, but i'm on a high horse every time i drive her, and it's a great feeling. So, for those who made the switch, how did you feel about the switch after the fact?

Ohh and long side track story made short, i was planning to buy a few additional bolt-ons from Sam, then i was thinking about going for the full shebang and a pretty complete turbo upgrade, but then i thought to myself, why not spend that $20k (and more) towards another, better, and newer car? And that's what led me to look at 991 Turbo S' and then GT3's.
 
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Do you track your car? What are you hoping to gain by going GT3 vs Turbo?
 
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:19 PM
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I know the technical and emotional differences between both cars. I'm just looking for opinions from those who have switched.

I intend to use this for SCCA AutoX which favors a Mazda Miata and Lotus Exige, but i don't want to drive a Mazda Miata or Lotus Exige.
 
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I ordered a 991 Turbo that's due in soon, about a month away. I guess my point is that I'm going the opposite way, from a NA GTS to a TT. I know the GTS splits the Carrera S and GT3, but revving to 7800 rpm is something the Turbo won't do. A GTS isn't a GT3 but there are some similar elements. And part of me laments the choice.

I'd have to think that if you're willing to compromise on RWD, ground clearance, the lack of DD driving ability in most areas, lack of sunroof, Burmester, PDCC, 5-lug wheels, and overall ride comfort...a GT3 is such an emotional choice, and they are a kick in the pants to drive...if you went with a 6-speed manual it might be tough NOT to grab it??
 
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:19 PM
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You know what a Turbo is. Amazing car.

GT3 is a precision driving machine.
Sort of like being inside a missile ...you just aim it. very engaging and so much fun to drive.

The best part is it is quite reasonably comfortable on the sreet.

BTW PDK in GT3 is different and it is awesome !

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I recently sold my 997.2 turbo s in the fall, bought a 991.1 gt3. I always looked at that car and got excited so I decided to pull the trigger. I will say the gt3 draws alot of attention compared to my s car, sound was amazing with a sharkworks exhaust and it handled like no other car I have owned. The downside for me was driving it, it was great in it's own character, engaging, quick and revved and revved...that was the first thing I soon disliked. You have to ring that car out to enjoy it on the same way I would enjoy the S car. The ride and everything else I liked even though it is alot more race car like. I soon began to enjoy just looking at the car rather than driving it. I sold the car a couple months ago and bought a 991.1 turbo s. I now enjoy driving the car again, smooth, fast, and the interior is nicer than the 997.

My son did not like the gt car because it was rougher than the s was and I always found myself driving the Z06 with him because of that, that's when I decided to make the change because he always liked both cars...the fast cars as he says..lol!

I was lucky to not get killed on the gt3 for 6 months of owning it but looking back I should have bought the 991 s and saved the loss on the gt3, but I was lucky enough to experience that car which was great.
 
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I went from 15 Turbo to 15 GT3. Based on your description, stay with a Turbo. You will lose all that “high horse” feeling. Is what motivates me is the lightness, RWD and oh yeah 9k rpm. There is no substitute.
 
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I had the 997.2 Turbo S and currently the 991.1 GT3 and 991.1 Turbo S. The GT3 is stock and Turbo S has 68mm turbos meth coolers exhaust yeah it's faster but will never provide the experience like the GT3. If I could only pick one it would be the GT3 without hesitation.
 
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I was dead set on a GT3 right up until the year before I was ready to buy one. I bought a turbo instead and have never had a regret. The reason was simple: I got a dedicated track car (= race car project) at the same time.

Are you planning to spend a fair bit of time with the car at the racetrack?
(And not enough to want a race car for wheel to wheel racing?)

If your spouse is ok with it, another easy option would be to get a 911 turbo and a fast motorcycle.
 

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I apologize folks, i was tipsy when i wrote this. My ***** only increase by 25% when she's in boost, not double. Still tipsy and having too much fun by myself. I appreciate everyones comments and i'll be sure to report back the results.
 
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Some good input here. Feel free to call and chat about it too bud!
 
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I am going to be controversial here and say that 90% of what makes a GT3 so good at roadholding is the Sport Cup 2 tires.

If you put the Sport Cup 2 tires on a 911 Turbo S the GT3 won't have anything on the Turbo S (other than high revving NA engine sound).
 
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I am going to be controversial here and say that 90% of what makes a GT3 so good at roadholding is the Sport Cup 2 tires.

If you put the Sport Cup 2 tires on a 911 Turbo S the GT3 won't have anything on the Turbo S (other than high revving NA engine sound).
Interesting that you mention this. Recently I put the N1 spec Cup2's on my 991.1 GT3. Def an improvement over the N0's. I also put N0 spec Cup2's on my Turbo S (previously was running stock PZeros or mismatch with r888 rears for airstrip events) to see how much the Cup2's would improve the car. I don't have many miles on the Turbo S with the Cup2's so I can't do a full assessment but regardless I'm not sure tires can transform the Turbo S enough to get it there.

It's not just the engine/sound...it's everything...the pdk, weight reduction, suspension, precision, etc makes the engagement next level. Go drive mclaren, ferrari, lambo, etc and you get into a GT3 and you think it's right up there with cars costing twice as much.
 
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Interesting that you mention this. Recently I put the N1 spec Cup2's on my 991.1 GT3. Def an improvement over the N0's. I also put N0 spec Cup2's on my Turbo S (previously was running stock PZeros or mismatch with r888 rears for airstrip events) to see how much the Cup2's would improve the car. I don't have many miles on the Turbo S with the Cup2's so I can't do a full assessment but regardless I'm not sure tires can transform the Turbo S enough to get it there.

It's not just the engine/sound...it's everything...the pdk, weight reduction, suspension, precision, etc makes the engagement next level. Go drive mclaren, ferrari, lambo, etc and you get into a GT3 and you think it's right up there with cars costing twice as much.
Not gonna lie, Adam. I just watched your McLaren 720S kill on Youtube and your 991 Turbo S is pretty much the only thing that makes me second guess the GT3...
 
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