It appears that Porsche’s experiment of not offering a manual transmission on the 911 GT3 is a failure.
For the current-generation Porsche 911, the German automaker opted to offer the high-performance GT3 with its dual clutch transmission (PDK) which raised a lot of questions when the model debuted. Now, Porsche has been spied testing a 911 R model that will serve as a hardcore GT3 and will only offered with a manual transmission, meaning it appears Porsche won’t make the same mistake twice with the next-generation model. According to a report from Car and Driver, Porsche will “almost certainly” equip the next 911 GT3 with a manual transmission along with the seven-speed PDK.
In an interview the head of Porsche’s GT program Andreas Preuninger said, “The GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost.” As a result, Porsche wants to make sure it can satisfy the purists by offering the 911 GT3 with a manual transmission in the future. “It is our long-term goal to have the customer decide between the two approaches,” he added.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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