The seventh generation 2016 Porsche 911 was given a facelift and updates at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Its high performance road-legal variant, the Porsche 911 GT3, would also receive a facelift in the coming months but that won’t change the one thing enthusiasts have been disappointed the most about – the 7-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) dual-clutch automatic transmission – which will continue throughout the life of the 991 generation.
The next generation 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 will be a different story. Speaking to Car And Driver, Andreas Preuninger, Manager of Porsche High Performance Cars, admitted that “something” is coming between the GT3 and purists. Naturally, he was referring to the lack of manual transmission.
“The GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost,” Mr. Preuninger said.
He hinted that the next-gen 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission.
“It is our long-term goal to have the customer decide between the two approaches.”
In the meantime, a limited edition GT model with the same 3.8-liter flat-six naturally aspirated engine of 911 GT3 but a manual transmission would be introduced, as per an earlier report. A recent report suggested that this model would be called Porsche 911 R. Sadly, as per this report, only 600 units will be built.
The eighth generation Porsche 911 is said to arrive in 2018, and so, its GT3 variant can be expected to arrive in year and a half’s time, probably in 2019.
[Source: Car And Driver]