Despite reports to the contrary, the next iteration of the Porsche GT3 will not get a dual-clutch PDK transmission. This news comes direct from Porsche CEO Matthias Muller in a recent interview with Motor Trend.
According to the earlier info the 991 GT3 was set to receive a new PDK-S unit that would be lighter than the current version used, making it more suitable for the track-capable street car. The issue of whether or not a dual-clutch “automatic” is appropriate for a purists car like the GT3 seems to now be solved. This move comes as somewhat of a surprise as one of Porsche’s main goals with the new 911 was to make it a nicer (read: more comfortable) driving experience. And a dual-clutch unit would certainly make the GT3 more accessible to a new group of buyers – even if it’s seen as the worst thing since the Cayenne by the Porsche faithful.
It goes without saying that eventually the GT3 will get a dual-clutch transmission, although the good news is Porsche certainly isn’t ready to give up on the stick-shift just yet. With a new 7-speed unit developed for the 2012 911 (above), Muller comments that as long as customers demand a stick shift, Porsche will deliver.
GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911