The spartan 911 model was regarded as being the closest road car to the race circuit.
The first GT3 appeared with a de-tuned version of the factory works engine that ruled the 1998 Le Mans 24 hour race in a street version of the 911 sold in 1990. But it was a limited edition so only a small number of lucky owners could taste the exciting driving experience. However, the revolutionary 997 platform of the 911 was launched as a catalog model in 2006. In addition to the race-bred engine, the spartan wheel setup and other equipment drew admiration for its focussed running performance that made it the most formidable street Porsche since the Carrera series.