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...?
In answer to your question, on a GT3? Manual only.
Ekona14 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.
T1PP3R14 Feb 2012
Atomas14 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?
German14 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 :/