Next Porsche 911 GT3 to Get Manual Gearbox Option
Next-gen Cayman GT4 to stick with a six-cylinder engine.
It appears that the Porsche 911 R is just the beginning of better things to come, especially if you prefer your Porsches with three pedals.
Autocar recently interviewed Andreas Preuniger, head of Porsche GT cars, who said the next-generation GT3 will most definitely have a manual transmission. The six-speed gearbox will be the same unit found in the Porsche 911 R unveiled earlier this week at the 2016 Geneva auto show. And while Preuniger claims the move was influenced by the strong response to the 911 R, there's a good chance the vocal group of Porsche purists critical of the current PDK-equipped GT3 had something to do with it as well.
Better yet, Preuniger promises that all future GT cars will have naturally aspirated engines. The only exception, of course, will be the Porsche GT2, which has always been turbocharged. And while the Cayman is downsizing to a turbocharged flat-4, Preuniger maintains that the next version of the Cayman GT4 will carry on with six cylinders (and most likely a manual transmission).
According to Preuniger, his team produced a manual-equipped GT3 prototype back in 2013 to test alongside the PDK model. "We had a GT3 manual test car left and we all loved it," Preuniger told Autocar. "The manual still had many positive sides. So we took the spoiler off the test car, added some lightweight stuff, some stripes and a classic interior." And voila, the 911 R was born.
So while the 911 R will only be limited to low production run of just 991 units, the good news is that the return of the manual-equipped GT3 is just around the corner.