For the 2018 model year, the OG German track rat, the Porsche 911 GT3 gets a four-litre engine and an available six-speed manual transmission.

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, this 991.2-generation GT3 is a 500-horsepower, track-focused 911, with special attention paid to weight, suspension tuning, and aerodynamics. True to the company’s racing pedigree, the flat six cylinder engine is based on the same engine used in Porsche’s 911 GT3 R and RSR racing cars. 

The big news for the enthusiast crowd is the availability of a six-speed manual transmission, despite the seven-speed PDK dual clutch transmission performing infinitely better in every situation than the row-your-own box, particularly on track where every fraction of a second counts. 

The 911 GT3 is exclusively a two-seater and buyers can opt for proper bucket seats rather than the standard sport-oriented conventional seats. Porsche’s Track Precision App data acquisition system is standard, which is a boon to the serious track day driver. 

No word on a Nurburgring Nordschliefe lap time (thankfully!), but Porsche says the new GT3 will do zero to 100 km/h in a blistering 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h. The manual is a half second slower to 100 km/h, friends, but if you’re out for the quickest lap times, the PDK is the rational choice, which is what most Nurburging rats will opt for.

Still, this latest GT3 is the only naturally aspirated, manual transmission-equipped 911 available today, which should broaden the GT3’s appeal.

We commend Porsche for listening to its customers, but the proof is in the pudding: let’s see just how many GT3 buyers will opt for manual transmissions…


Images courtesy of Porsche

Published on Mar 07, 2017