Porsche will finally offer the three pedals due to popular demand of purist fans.
Porsche has decided to surrender to the demands of purist fans. Vintage Porsche lovers have long since wanted the return of the manual gearbox. Porsche will bring back the three pedals for the next 911 GT3. Porsche was previously offering the latest GT3 derivative automatic gearbox.
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Only the 911 came with the seven-speed double-clutch. Porsche clients vehemently criticized the decision even though the automatic gearbox increased performance. The clients felt the automatic feature jeopardised the relationship between man and machine.
Andreas Preuninger is the head of Porsche’s GT program. According to Preuninger the GT3 program was made with systems essential for the track. But the systems got the feeling of something lost in the new system. So to make things right for clients Porsche brought the basic gearbox back.
"The GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost," Porsche GT chief Andreas Preuninger told Car&Driver. "It is our long-term goal to have the customer decide between the two approaches."
The basic manual transmission will now be coupled with the GT3 engine. But it does not mean the automatic gearbox has been eliminated.
The next generation GT3 will be available in both manual and automatic gearbox. The long term goal at Porsche is to let customers decide whichever vehicle they want. It seems the prayers of the 911 basic purists have been answered.
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Next Porsche GT3 version with the manual gearbox will be called 911 R. The 911 R will have no turbos and skinnier tires for a linear driving experience.