New 991 GT3 and Turbo busy at the 'ring

After a largely successful launch of the new 991-shape Carrera and Carrera S, Porsche's engineers are busy buttoning down the set-up of the new Turbo and GT3 models.

Both of these more aggressive 991s are testing this week on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. And both cars are expected to build on the S model's 400bhp significantly.

If you listen closely to the GT3 mule in the first clip (identified by its larger, disguised, rear arches) you will hear the unmistakable sound of PDK in operation as it changes up a gear almost instantly right in front of the camera. Rumours are starting to firm up here in the village of Nurburg that the next GT3's 4.0-litre motor will come attached only to a PDK gearbox.

The Turbo also benefits from PDK, as well as a LOT of power and torque. The much-quoted figure of 550hp as a minimum level (and 600hp by some) doesn't seem that far-fetched if you listen to the overtake below.



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  • Dr Imran T 28 Mar 2012

    Is it default now for all new 'sports' cars to test at the ring?

    Lots of tyre squeal in that video, sounds like it is coming from the BMW.

  • hesnotthemessiah 28 Mar 2012

    Drove the 991 Carrera S at Silverstone with the PDK box. I thought it was excellent.

  • wackojacko 28 Mar 2012

    If they choose to offer PDK only on the GT3 I think would be a mistake as I believe Porsches are meant a more mechanical and driver integrating car, by all means make a turbo with PDK as they are meant to be comfortable and devastatingly quick. I hope a manual option is available for the GT3.

    Those PDK box's are excellent though but not any good for GT3 IMO.

  • Charlie Michael 28 Mar 2012

    If Porsche make a move away from manuals for their GT cars, will this be another "final nail" in the coffin of manual transmissions?

    I've never driven an automatic and would love to try a double-clutcher but I still harbour a love for blipping and heel and toeing at every opportunity which obviously, no auto will let me do.

  • Krikkit 28 Mar 2012

    In before 10 pages. tongue out

    Seriously though, no manual box would be a real turnoff if I were in the market for something like this.

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