Why Mat Farah says the Porsche 911 S/T is even better than the GT3 Touring | Taza Khabre

Key findings

  • The 911 S/T is a worthy rival to the highly regarded GT3 Touring, offering more comfort and a more comfortable suspension, but at a significantly higher price.
  • The 911 S/T boasts a more analog feel thanks to the lack of rear steering and a slower steering rack, making it more of a sports car to drive.
  • The weight reduction in the 911 S/T significantly improves its dynamics, thanks to light grip and reduced weight, making it a more agile and responsive vehicle.


Porsche is one of the kings sports cars. In particular, the 911 over the years has established itself as a legend, something Matt Farah of TheSmokingTire YouTube channel would agree with The 911 has spawned various iterations, including the latest 911 S/T and the 911 GT3 Touring. The former is sometimes called the ultimate 911, but it’s about $100,000 more expensive than the GT3 Touring. This price may be even higher due to dealer markups.

Farah, however, says it’s worth considering. In his latest YouTube video, the journalist claims it’s even better than the GT3 Touring, which is itself a highly regarded version of the 911. To prove his point, Farah gets behind the wheel of both and back-tests them. back on the same road.

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GT3 Touring – Porsche is hard to come by

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring engine specifications

Producer

Porsche

Years of production

2019-now

Configuration

No Supercharged Flat-Six

Moving

4.0 liters

Model

Rear-engined

power

503 hp

A turning point

347 lb-ft

fuel

gas

(Source from Porsche)

As Farah said early on about the GT3 Touring, it’s the version of the 911 that everyone wants but no one can get. Demand for the GT3 Touring is skyrocketing, and Porsche can’t keep up with that demand. Farah shows his love for the GT3 Touring by putting his foot down and letting the 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine sing. The sports car makes a fantastic sound, accelerating to 9000 rpm. Farah claims it’s the centerpiece of the car, but also says it’s more than a one-trick pony.

The GT3 Touring removes the rear spoiler from the regular GT3 and replaces the sporty racing buckets with more comfortable, leather ones. Farah praises the sharp steering and smooth shifting of the GT3 Touring and questions how much more could be asked from a sports car. In the studs, the Touring is incredibly sharp. Fast steering and rear steering means you need less steering pressure for more directional changes. Perfect for narrow and twisty canyon roads like the one Farah drives.

But there are downsides: Farah says the GT3 Touring can feel restless even in Comfort mode. This means it can be a two handed car. Farah says it can be a little “jerky” on the highway and “jumpy” in the canyons.

The sharpness helps, but Farah thinks the GT3 Touring should be a bit better in touring and soft driving. That’s where the 911 S/T comes in to fix these problems. But Farah still praises the GT3 Touring, saying it’s as fast as he wants it to be, razor sharp, comfortable and roomy enough to travel.

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911 S/T costs $100,000 more than 911 GT3 Touring

Porsche 911 S/T engine specifications

Producer

Porsche

Years of production

2019-now

Configuration

No Supercharged Flat-Six

Moving

4.0 liters

Model

Rear-engined

power

518 hp

A turning point

342 lb-ft

fuel

gas

(Source from Porsche)

Farah stops and gets behind the wheel of a 911 S/T for a direct comparison. The first thing he notices is how firm the suspension is in the S/T, soaking up small bumps in the road. This allows predictable and comfortable cornering. This solves one of the problems with the GT3 Touring, as the S/T is also much more settled in the corners. The lack of rear steering and a slower steering rack also gives the S/T a more analog feel.

This means you have to work harder at each corner to get through them. Farah says it’s not bad, but you notice it’s not. The S/T’s lightness of around 3,100 pounds makes it one of the lightest modern 911s ever built. Farah says you feel it very quickly and he praises Porsche and their weight reduction process. Both cars look similar, but the 84-pound weightlessness is still felt on the S/T.

This weight loss is the result of the GT3 RS’ carbon doors, unique carbon front fenders, carbon roof and carbon rear anti-roll bars. The new and lighter flywheel and clutch save 23 pounds in the 911 S/T, and all together change the driving dynamics.

A lighter clutch radically changes the dynamics of the car’s separation, reducing the inertia of the engine. This makes it harder to pull away from a stop without stalling, Farah says, meaning you have to push the clutch a little harder when you’re moving. The light grip starts to show as you work.

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Shifting in the S/T is very different from the GT3 Touring

Matt Farah Porsche 911 ST rear view
via TheSmokingTire YouTube channel

Why Farah loves the 911 S/T

  • A different steering column and the absence of a rear steering wheel make the 911 S/T look like a sports car
  • Farah says the S/T’s lightness is felt through the steering wheel
  • The 911 S/T is a more relaxed car in corners compared to the GT3 Touring
  • Porsche fixed the springiness of the 911 GT3 Touring with the S/T

Because of the different clutches, Farah says that in the S/T you’ll either have to shift faster or hit the gas between each shift. Farah praises the brakes, which handle everything, including small bumps in corners. He says the S/T is the new old-school car, and Porsche is making a more natural, analog sports car. But it still has the agility of the GT3 Touring thanks to the weight reduction.

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Farah believes that the 911 S/T is a very special sports car

Matt Farah Porsche 911 ST front view
via TheSmokingTire YouTube channel

The more he drives the Porsche, the more Farah is convinced that the 911 S/T is exceptional. He doesn’t believe it costs $100,000 more, but he does think it’s an improvement on the GT3 Touring. S/T rewards fluidity and timing, Farah says your arms and legs have to work together.

Peak torque arrives at around 6,300rpm, which means you have to really press the gas pedal to get this Porsche going. Farah says no one does a weight-reduction program as subtle as Porsche, and it shows in the S/T. Reducing the weight of the car changed the feel of the car. Considering how good the GT3 Touring is, the S/T has to be something incredibly special. Now, if you can afford either one, the question is whether or not you can afford it at MSRP.

Sources: YouTube channel TheSmokingTire, Porsche

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