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The recent Geneva Motor Show brought welcome news the Porsche faithful and enthusiasts, the “Drivers 911″ the 911 GT3 would once again be offered with a manual transmission!
In an ever increasing world of automation and complication, there comes a time and reason to unplug from it all and get back to basics, or at least as basic can get in this current day and age. When the 991 GT3 debuted it was hailed as the next great step, save for one thing, the lack of a manual transmission. The Porsche PDK is a superb transmission, and if the goal is to get around the race track in the quickest time, then there is no better tool to row through the gears. In the daily commute, stuck in traffic, the PDK also shines saving your left leg in stop and go traffic.
However, there are times when you want to row your own, to truly feel connected to the car and the driving experience, and for that, the best tool for the job is a manual transmission! If you wanted something close to the GT3 with a manual, you had to be lucky enough to get the 911R, but those were only offered to those who purchased the 918 Spyder, or, if you found one second hand, they started at $500,000 and went up quickly from there.
Porsche heard loud and clear that the faithful still wanted a manual gearbox and now they have responded. With the 991.2GT3 a six-speed manual returns attached to a 4.0 liter naturally-asperated flat six developing 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque. It wasn’t that long ago that 997 Turbo topped out at 450 horsepower, and now, the GT3 brings 500 naturally-asperated horsepower to the dance to sing that glorious song as it approaches it’s near 9,000 rpm redline.
Deliveries of the 991.2GT3 will begin in September, if you’d like to reserve one today, please contact us as these will be very hard to get.
Please have a look at this video as Andreas Preuninger, Porsche GT Project Director, guides DRIVETRIBE’s Features Editor Henry Catchpole around the latest Porsche 911 GT3.
A recent shift by Porsche in the latest 911 GT3 shows that the automaker actually listens to its customers more than many other companies do. While the last generation of the 911 GT3 relied upon a more efficient dual-clutch automatic transmission, the next version comes with a manual instead. Sure the manual simply isn’t going to be as efficient as the automatic, but sometimes that isn’t the most important thing. Many drivers simply revel in the pure and more involved driving experience offered by manually throwing the car from one gear to another. While some drivers are interested in getting the fastest possible track speeds, others just want to enjoy the drive as much as possible. That’s what this move is all about.
The 911 R
In response to all the interest in keeping more natural feeling vehicles, Porsche is planning to release an all-new 911 variant. It’s now being called the 911 R, but it’s unclear if that name is going to stick or not. The car will have a manual transmission, no turbos and it is said to have more skinnier tires to offer a more precise driving feel without all the electronics to muddle things up. This variant should be a fan favorite, but it’s unclear how many units will actually sell of the vehicle. Even though fans that want manual transmissions seem to be among some of the most vocal, actual statistics show that drivers buy automatic transmission vehicles much more often than manual. Even with the manual option offered on the 911 GT3, it’s expected that more buyers will opt for an automatic than they will a manual.
Let the Buyers Choose
In order to try and keep all the buyers happy, Porsche is planning on letting the drive feel of the car to be up to the buyer as much as possible. That means in the future drivers will be able to choose between manual or automatic. It’s one of the few companies still making manual vehicles a priority and that could be one of the most telling things about Porsche as a company. The automaker is clearly interested in offering what the customers want, even if the feature isn’t going to make the company huge dollars.
The current GT3 is far from a very natural feeling vehicle, it’s equipped with a four-wheel steering system, plenty of electronics and an automatic transmission, but it appears that many more driver-focused vehicles will be released from Porsche soon.
Word on the street is that Porsche is planning on releasing a special edition version of the 911 known as the 911 R. The vehicle is designed to be a more driver-focused and track-ready version of the 911 GT3. The vehicle relies on the same engine as what’s in the GT3, but the vehicle comes with a manual gearbox instead of the seven speed dual clutch. That means that some drivers will be able to own an even more enjoyable version of the GT3, which should be exciting to everyone who got in on the deal, unfortunately there aren’t any models left, that’s right Porsche sold them all already.
Porsche Sold Out on the 600 Model Run
Porsche decided to only produce 600 models in a single production run for their loyal customers. They reached out to some of their top customers and demonstrated the vehicle at a private event, and they liked the vehicle so much that every single one of them is now spoken for. That means it doesn’t matter how much the car is going for. I’m sure it was sold for a higher premium than the 911 GT3, but anyone interested in getting the vehicle that wasn’t in on the deal will have to buy one second hand later on.
Changing the GT3
Porsche wasn’t willing to just add in a manual gearbox and call it a day. The automaker made additional changes to the vehicle to differentiate the 911R from the standard 911 GT3. It comes with a more streamlined look. Most of the aerodynamic features of the GT3 have been stripped away. That means no rear wing, the tires are smaller and it’s going to be lighter than the GT3 because of a bunch of modifications that Porsche made to the car overall.
Sources spoke with Road and Track about the vehicle and suggested that it would be released in the not-so-distant future. I wouldn’t be surprised if it released within the next month or two and the Los Angeles Motor Show coming up in November would be an ideal venue for the vehicle.
The idea behind the 911R is certainly an exciting one and I’m sure plenty of people will be eagerly watching Ebay for a used model to go on sale, or are awaiting the announcement that another line of the vehicles will go on sale in the future.
Evo recently did a comparison between the 11-year old Porsche 911 GT3 and the brand new Cayman GTS to see which car handled better around the track and which was quicker. Their findings were surprising, and it’s impressive to see how well the 11-year old Porsche stood up to a more modern vehicle. After taking a look at the video deciding which vehicle you prefer may be difficult, but either way it’s clear that both are exceptional sports cars.
The Cayman GTS
The Cayman GTS is an upgraded version of the Porsche Cayman S and it feels quite a bit improved for racing performance. The chassis improvements that have been made give it a stiffer feel that’s preferred for racing. This car is a lot of fun to drive around mainly because of how balanced it is. Its very lightweight and agile around quick corners and the slight bit of over-steer lets it take corners very effectively. This vehicle is slightly lighter than the Porsche 911 GT3 that it’s compared to, but it isn’t as powerful either so they feel very similar.
The Porsche 911 GT3
The 11-year old sports car was one of the best cars out there when first released. Even today it remains a high-performing vehicle and it’s a lot of fun to drive. This well balanced car relies on a slight bit of over-steer to go with the rear wheel drive to give the vehicle a stable feel around corners. One major difference between the 911 GT3 and the Cayman GTS is the feel of the steering. This older vehicle has a more mechanical feeling steering system and provides a great deal more feedback. That being said, it doesn’t drive quite as nicely as the Cayman, and the driver needs to have more skilled to operate the vehicle at the same speeds as the Cayman.
Taking them to the Road
Both of these cars handle nicely at high speeds around sharp corners. They are both highly balanced Porsche vehicles with minute differences here and there. The GT3 is a more powerful vehicle but it’s heavier. The Cayman GTS is lighter and slightly more agile. One big difference is the amount of skill it takes to drive each vehicle. While you need to be a skilled driver to operate either vehicle at high speeds, the GT3 is less forgiving and takes quite a bit of skill. During the comparison both vehicles made it around the course in the exact same amount of time, but the Cayman was faster around the tight corners while the GT3 took a lead in the straightaways.
Now that you’ve had a chance to hear about each of these two vehicles, and witness what they have to offer on the track which would you prefer to own?