Manual Transmission to Return on Next-Gen Porsche GT3

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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.

[Source: Autocar]

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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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