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      01-31-2007, 07:22 PM   #51

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Originally Posted by e36jakeo View Post
I really think the GT3 has set the new benchmark for HP/liter. They are claiming 415 HP, but the March 07 Car and Driver just tested the 997 GT3 against the 505 HP (and 60 lbs lighter) Z06 and the GT3 was only a smidge behind (0-60 in 3.8 vs. 3.6, 0-100 in 8.7 vs. 8.3 and 1/4 mile of 12.0 @ 118 vs. 11.8@ 122).

As a reference, the normal C6 Vette with 400 HP that weighs just 40 lbs more than the GT3 does 0-60 in 4.5, 0-100 in 9.8 and 1/2 mile in 12.8 @ 114.

C & D's conclusion was that the GT3's 3.6 is UNDERRATED at 415 HP, meaning it may be making even more than 115 HP/liter. Based upon the acceleration numbers I'd say 440 HP is more like it, which is a staggering 122 HP/liter!!

If Porsche can do it, then I fully expect BMW to have their 4 Liter making at least 440 HP!!:rocks:

The 997 GT3 is very impressive, but it also goes to show what a monster the E46 M3 CSL is. Look at n'ring times for both cars published by Sport Auto. CSL is only :02 slower despite the fact that it's down 50+ hp (it does weigh less but only by approx 20 kilos)

It'll be interesting to see what the new M3 brings to the table.