The Return of the Porsche 911 GT3 6-Speed Manual
Porsche surprised and delighted their loyal owners when they announced last year they were bringing back a manual transmission for the Porsche 911 GT3. Why make such a move when the PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission can shift more quickly? Porsche believes the driving experience should be about emotion, not just efficiency. The 911 GT3 is specially tuned for performance on the track, and the manual will simply add to the thrill. It uses a naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat-six engine. It’s rated for 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. This is the last non-turbocharged engine in Porsche’s inventory.
The physical appearance of the manual gearbox GT3 is identical to the PDK automatic variant. Owners who wish to have a less race-ready exterior can opt for a Touring package which removes some of the aerodynamic enhancements of the racing version. The 911 GT3 design includes 20-inch wheels, a suspension lowered and tuned for the circuit, sport seats, a tall rear wing, and an altered front lower splitter and modified rear valance to improve airflow and engine breathing. Porsche also makes the Porsche Communication Management and Track Precision App standard, allowing race aficionados the opportunity to analyze their performance after a race.
Inside the 911 GT3 manual, the differences are small. The sliding PDK lever has been replaced with a traditional gear shift. There is obviously a third pedal at your feet to control the clutch. And lastly the speedometer does not have the gear selection indicator that would be present with the automatic transmission. The steering wheel, gear shift lever, and pedals are located precisely where they need to be for optimum driver control. After all, Porsche has been building the 911 for over 50 years, so they have had plenty of time to get it right.
Sure, you might lose a bit of time on the 0-60 mph time with the manual gearbox, but with the thrill, you will get from being linked to your Porsche 911 GT3, who cares? If you are ready for a 911 GT3 with the thrill of a manual transmission, come to Manhattan Motorcars and tell us you are a fan of the 911 GT3 manual. You will never miss that automatic transmission. You can find out dealership located at 711 11th Avenue in New York.