Manual Transmission to Return on Next-Gen Porsche GT3
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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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 AutoGuide.com 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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