The next-generation Porsche GT3 will have a manual transmission.
Speaking to Autocar, Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger confirmed the same six-speed manual transmission found in the new Porsche 911 R that debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show will be used in the next-generation Porsche GT3. The bad news is, the track-oriented Porsche 911 GT3 RS will come with only a PDK transmission. Both models will continue to be naturally aspirated “for the foreseeable future,” so don’t expect a turbocharged mill to join the GT3 family anytime soon, even though the German automaker is equipping nearly every model with a turbocharged engine.
What will receive a turbocharged engine is the next GT2 RS that is due in 2017. A new GT2 is also in the works with a turbocharged engine and will be part of the 991 generation.
Based on how well the Porsche 911 R sells, the company will also consider making more “purist” models in the future. The new Porsche 911 R is limited to just 991 units and we’re going to take a wild guess that they will sell out first, considering how many Porsche enthusiasts prefer to change their own gears.
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