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Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it(2)

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In fact, with a modicum of driving skill and common sense, an automobile like the 911 GT3 reminds you why you fell in love with cars and driving in the first place. It offers an undeniable and overpowering sense of presence and demands that attention be paid.

Text and drive and you not only risk hurting someone and breaking the law, but you miss the truly seminal experience of wearing a machine cobbled together by passionate human beings whose main purpose isn't transportation but emotional salvation.

Fire up your senses and you'll be able to hear precisely when the car wants to shift, and feel when the car needs a touch of brakes or throttle. This is to self-driving cars what the Space Shuttle is to a hot air balloon. Same general concept, different universe of experience.

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Porsche 911 GT3

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The GT3's exterior is all shark-like business, brimming with gaping, air-sucking portals that would look silly if they weren't absolutely critical to gluing this beast to the pavement at high speeds. 

Inside, minimalism rules. Lots of fake-suede Alcantara, rigid if supportive seats and a decent stereo, though you should be fined for tuning into Top 40 radio over the GT3's rock band in the rear.

Speaking of, there's actually a button on the center console to amplify the exhaust, which is a bit like heading to a Metallica concert and finding out there's a switch to make Enter Sandman louder. This four-wheeled machine should have only one volume: raging.

Buyer beware

The GT3 is not for everyone. If you truly want to hear music or a companion's voice, opt out. Ditto if you're not keen to cross every driveway at a 45-degree angle for fear of scraping delicate carbon fiber parts.

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche

The standard Porsche 911 is, somewhat comically, a family car, as it can fit small children in the back seats. Not so with the GT3, which doesn't offer rear seating.

Nor is the GT3 a daily driver, as it's just too unruly to be a bragging rights steed you'd pop over to the office in. It is, however, a car for a daily pick-me-up, one that delivers a truly special thrill in an increasingly commoditized transportation world.

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Handout of Porsche 911 GT3.

Porsche

Put another way, remember when you were young and a car stopped you dead in your tracks?

That doesn't happen much today, an era of homogenized design motifs where noise, vibration and harshness has been deliberately bred out of automobiles. Engineers in fact promise we will soon be chauffeured around in driverless boxes staffed by baristas.

The Porsche 911 GT3 says phooey to all that. It's here to shock you, seduce you and blow your mind. It's here so you don't forget why, short of flying, driving remains one of the modern era's visceral thrills.

So turn on the engine, tune into its thunder, and drop the hammer.

Take a look at the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

Review: With the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, drive it like you stole it

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