In the quest for outright performance, Porsche made the move to an auto-only set up for the current generation 911 GT3, pairing it exclusively with a quick shifting seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
While hard-core racers, looking to shorten lap times whenever possible, stand by the move, Porsche purists have been less receptive, craving the involvement of a manual shifter.
For the next generation 911 GT3 that will be resolved, with Porsche set to offer a choice of PDK or seven-speed manual transmission.
Head of Porsche’s GT division, Andreas Preuninger has previously stated that the new GT3 won’t chase a higher power output, and will instead focus on lighter weight.
“The GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost,” Prueninger admitted in an interview with US publication Car and Driver.
While the rest of the 911 range makes the switch to turbocharged engines, the GT3 will also be the only variant to stick with a naturally aspirated powertrain, meaning we could see a refreshed version of the current GT3’s 350kW 3.8 litre engine, or even a move to the 368kW 4.0 litre GT3 RS motor.
Before the new generation car arrives, rumours of a limited edition 911 R model, set to debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, have also began to circulate.
This ‘toe in the water’ car will test the reception to Porsche’s manual plans by offering a manual transmission with a naturally aspirated engine similar to that seen in the current GT3.
Unlike the wildly styled GT3 however, the 911 R is set to wear a more subtle styling package.
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