PDK-only for next Porsche 911 GT3?

The next Porsche 911 GT3, due next year, could be PDK-only, according to a report from US site Inside Line.

Currently both manual and twin-clutch PDK versions of the new hardcore 911 are being evaluated, but only one gearbox will eventually find its way into a production-ready GT3. And 911 project chief, August Achleitner, reckons that the winner could well be the PDK.

"When we launched the 911 Turbo S, we did not offer a manual, but we have not had a single complaint," Achleitner told Inside Line.

Pretty telling stuff, but it would be a brave move to risk the wrath of manual-loving Porsche purists for the sake of a more populist 'box. Especially as both the new GT3 and GT2 will get the 991's electromechanical power steering set-up, which has been criticised by some for offering less 'feel'.

The big question is: if you're going to buy a 911 GT3, do you mind that it could have both electric power steering and a PDK transmission...?

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  • hunt_the_fox 14 Feb 2012

    In answer to your question, on a GT3? Manual only.

  • Ekona 14 Feb 2012

    Keep the manual 'box for the RS, which will make it even more special.

    Ironically the one thing stopping me (money aside) from buying a GT3 is that I'd prefer a PDK 'box, so this move would actually be a positive thing for me.

  • T1PP3R 14 Feb 2012


  • Atomas 14 Feb 2012

    If the GT3 is supposed to be a hardcore, track focused weapon, why shouldn't a faster, more efficient PDK transmission be on the only available option?

  • German 14 Feb 2012

    This is just depressing. "It seems the new majority of our customers like to think they can drive, yet are far to inept to use a manual 'box. Apologies to our original customer demographic and kisses, Porsche." I understand that interest in driving, ability and bank balance arent directly related, but the GT3 is a drivers car...if you dont like manual get the aforementioned Turbo S ffs :/

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