Praise be to Porsche: the manual change is not dead, and will return in the next GT3

One of my best experiences at the controls of a Porsche I had was driving a Porsche manual, and it was not exactly the most powerful, nor the most expensive. But even the most quemadillos, which we enjoyed with the delicious vice, almost masochistic, to exercise his leg by stepping on a clutch hard and throwing our right hand on the gear knob, it would cost us to decide between a 911 manual and the other endowed with PDK. The reason is simple. Porsche has created one of the best automatic changes that we have tested, fast, accurate, comfortable, and very sporty, especially in his flagship, the Porsche 911 GT3. To make matters worse, in comparative terms, it is even cheaper (3.857€ in a Porsche 911 Carrera S). Hence, the own GT3 is trading, initially only with automatic transmission. In any case, fear not, it seems that the next GT3 will change to manual.

The mere fact that you have disappointed a part of your customers, the more purists, that beyond precision and performance are looking for the feel of a manual gearbox, has encouraged Porsche to recover the manual change in its next GT3.

At least that is the conclusion we must reach after the declarations of Andreas Preuninger, the head of the section of the GT Porsche, Car & Driver. Andreas acknowledged that, even taking into account that the change PDK is the maximum sophistication of the brand, and one of the technologies that makes the 911 GT3 one of the sport’s most accurate and athletic of the market, among their best customers, purists was a real disappointment that this generation is not available with manual transmission.

And at the slightest possibility that a group of clients, reduced that is, it can be dissatisfied, the response from Porsche is no other than to confirm that the next GT3 will be again with alternative of manual change.


why the new Porsche 911 GT3 has not been marketed with the manual change?

beyond the importance of hiring a change as sophisticated as the PDK, Porsche claimed also that the adaptation of a manual change, which a priori only demand a small part of the customers of the GT3, was not reasonable in terms of cost of development. But you will be with me in that Porsche is not a brand either, that it is guided solely on the basis of purely economic issues. And that beyond the cost that may involve market a GT3 in two flavors, manual and PDK, is the satisfaction of the client.

And that is not all. We know that very soon they will release a Porsche 911 is very special, which some have already dubbed as the Porsche 911 R, without more (see the 4 keys of this 911 R). By the looks of it, and as they say the evil (and mostly good) languages will be very light, will feature a boxer engine inherited from the GT3, you will enjoy the aesthetic is more classic (probably waive the immense downforce of the GT3), and the – eye to the data – will be launched with manual gearbox.

For if that were not enough, if we believed that with the PDK the manual changes had been dead for Porsche, the Stuttgart returned to surprise us this year by providing initially only with a manual change to two other of his sport’s most special, the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the Porsche Boxster Spyder.

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