Thanks to all the enthusiasts incessantly moaning, Porsche has succumbed to pressure and brought back the option of a manual gearbox in the latest 911 GT3
The customer is always right, and so the new Porsche 911 GT3 is once again available with a manual transmission. Of course the customer is actually wrong and will end up buying the PDK anyway, but never mind that triviality… We won.
The new 911 GT3, then, comes with the option of a seven-speed double-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual that’s half-a-second slower to 100km/h. Straight out of Andreas Preuninger’s GT department in Weissach (to be precise, Flacht, which is the motorsport outfit), the GT3’s race-derived naturally aspirated four-litre flat-six centrepiece makes 500 horsepower and revs to a very lot. Porsche claims the engine is virtually identical to those lining up on grids at Le Mans, Sebring, Daytona…
Used in the company’s 911 GT3 R and 911 RSR racers, the flat-six is the centerpiece of the 2018 GT3 scheduled for release in the Middle East this summer, with prices starting from $147,000 and the order books already open for a car built on the same line as the race machines.
Since GT department cars are mostly tracked (Porsche estimates as may as 90 percent head to the track) the 911 GT3 gets rear-axle steering and a weight of 1,430kg with a full tank of fuel onboard. The PDK-equipped car tops out at 318km/h (the manual gets 2km/h more out of it) and sprints to the ton in 3.4 seconds.
Sitting 25mm lower than a stock Carrera S, the 911 GT3 also gains dynamic engine mounts, a rear limited slip diff, downforce-added carbon fibre rear wing and bespoke tyres. Step inside and you grip a 360mm wheel out of the 918 Spyder and available 18-way electrically-adjustable seats or better yet, fixed buckets made of carbon fibre.
Just mind that strange third pedal on the left.