Porsche 911 GT3 going back to manual transmission with next generation

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The 911 GT3 is the version reckoned by fans and experts to best embody the true spirit of the German sports car – technology in a lightweight package working to deliver the best driving pleasure. And while the current generation is only available with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, that well known PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe), enabling quicker hot laps, many have said the iconic spirit has been leveled a little by not delivering a manual option. Porsche decided to cater mostly to racers and track-day enthusiasts by only fitting the PDK – which can change gears faster than any human driver with a manual even as it weighs some 45 pounds more than a regular manual transmissions version. The purists – a particularly important niche for Porsche or any other supercar manufacturer – have been keen to express their disagreement with the auto-only option. It also appears that to satisfy them, the myriad of 911 versions will receive another one: the limited series 911 R that uses the GT3 engine and comes with a manual gearbox. And later on the automaker that has the highest profit margin across the auto industry has decided crossing some regular customers will not be in order, so the next generation GT3 will most likely be offered with both transmission versions – a six-speed manual and a seven-speed PDK. We do note the seven-speed manual used by the “affordable” Carrera models is absent here. Via Car and Driver