Manual Transmission Returns on Next-Gen Porsche 911 GT3

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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