Porsche 911 GT3 Named 2014 World Performance Car of the Year

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Despite dealing with a debilitating engine recall, the 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 was just became the 2014 World Performance Car of the Year.

Currently Porsche’s most performance-focused model, all copies of the stripped down enthusiast special are currently grounded from flight. Waylaid by a worrisome flaw with the engine that can cause a catastrophic fire, Porsche is replacing each and every one of the 3.8-liter, 475 hp mills it already made and implemented in the cars.

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Once all that is taken care of, the people of particularly discerning performance taste who bought one will get back to the important stuff: taking time to attend racetrack lap days.

The current GT3 is something of a departure from previous tradition associated with the nameplace because it uses a dual clutch transmission rather than a manual. But it’s a special version of the Porsche PDK reserved for the GT3. It can decouple from the engine if the driver pulls both shift paddles back simultaneously to aid in restoring control during high-speed driving similarly to jamming the left-most pedal in standard gearbox cars.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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