There’s a new Porsche 911 GT model under development that will bring back the manual transmission.
Autocar reports the German automaker is working on a new GT model that will be sold alongside the current GT3 and GT3 RS, though it will be unrelated to the GT2 RS that is also reportedly in the works.
The new sports car will carry a distinct identity compared to the current GT models, with its focus purely on driving pleasure rather than being a track car for the street. Expect Porsche to avoid engineering the model for record lap times, but rather to maximize feel, response and driver interaction to give the impression of a “pure” sports car experience.
Most importantly, the new 911 GT model will mark the return of the manual transmission to the 911 GT range, an option that has been missing since the 997 generation was ushered in during 2011. The body is said to be that of the standard 911 rather than the wider, more aerodynamic and aggressive GT body. On top of that, the GT will have skinnier, more street-ready tires as well as a chassis configured for better balance.
As for its powerplant, Porsche will likely turn to the naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter found in the current GT3, despite the introduction of turbochargers for all non-GT 911s at the end of this year. Don’t expect the model to debut even in concept form this year as Porsche will focus on the new second-generation 991-based 911 first.
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