It was reported in June that Porsche is working on a new 911 GT model that will be focused more on driving pleasure than on being the quickest one on the tracks and come with a manual transmission. There are currently two GT models of the 911 – 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS, and both are available only with PDK 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The range-topping Cayman variant though, Cayman GT4, is available with a 6-speed manual transmission. A manual transmission makes the driving less robotic and predictable, and gives more control to the driver.
Citing an undisclosed source familiar with the ongoing development at the company, a new report from Road & Track says that there will be manual transmission-equipped 911 GT model indeed, powered by the 3.8-liter flat-six naturally aspirated engine of 911 GT3, and it will be called the Porsche 911 R.
The new 911 R, as seen in the featured image, will pay homage to the classic 911 R. It won’t have a rear wing and will be lighter and have thinner tyres than the 911 GT3. While Porsche finally offering a manual transmission in a 911 GT model is a good news, the sad thing is that only 600 units of the 911 R will be built.
[Source: Road & Track]