The current Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS are some of the quickest cars on the road and racetrack. The GT3 name has been a popular choice amongst automotive enthusiasts for quite some time now, however this current generation of GT3 and GT3 RS did upset some enthusiasts due to there being no manual gearbox available even as an option.
It seems though that Porsche have been hearing the manual gearbox cries of the automotive purists as they launched the Porsche Cayman GT4 with a manual only and no PDK option at all.
Porsche haven’t stopped there as there are multiple reports of a Porsche 911 R currently being tested which will feature the naturally-aspirated Porsche 911 GT3 engine, slimmer tires for less grip but a more engaging drive and only a manual gearbox. It could even lose the rear-wheel steering function.
This is all great news for Porsche and motoring enthusiasts. Porsche GT chief Andreas Preuninger spoke to Car and Driver saying:
“The GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost. It is our long-term goal to have the customer decide between the two approaches.”
This has led to huge speculation that the next-generation Porsche 911 GT3, even though it could be a few years away, will have a manual available again according to Car and Driver.
The development comes from the teams at Zuffenhausen and Weissach as they aim to balance the instant-shifting benefits of a dual-clutch transmission with the direct involvement of a conventional manual transmission.
Porsche already introduced a new seven-speed manual gearbox with the 991-generation but the manual or any manual wasn’t offered on the Porsche 911 GT3 or even the track special 911 GT3 RS.
Bringing the Porsche 911 GT3 back to a manual option in the next-gen GT3 will come as a welcome development for those purists who disagreed with the dual-clutch transmission.
Porsche deserve to be applauded for listening to their customers. The direct engagement and involvement in driving with a manual transmission may be becoming more and more phased out but it still remains one of the best methods to bring incredible driving sensations. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.