WORLD EXCLUSIVE: 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 testing with manual ‘box
Even before the launch of the Porsche 911 R earlier this year, rumours were abound that the Porsche 991.2 GT3 would get a manual gearbox option as a response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback to the Cayman GT4.
The word on the grapevine grew even louder in the wake of the 991 R’s release (complete with an all new six-speed shifter) and now, our latest spy shots seem to all but confirm that the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 will come with the option of a stick shift and a left leg workout.
Spied while out testing on the road, Total 911’s avid spy photographer was able to get a look inside the next 911 GT3 while the test mule was at rest. Rather than keep Porsche’s transmission secrets hidden, the extensive shrouding only helped to confirm the rumours.
The manual gear lever was completely hidden from view however, the Gen2 steering wheel was noticeably bereft of the paddle shift levers seen on the PDK-equipped prototypes also in attendance during the test, while the tachometer’s gear indicator was conspicuous by its absence.
Away from the transmission mysteries, the redline on the rev counter can just be made out at the 8,800rpm mark, heavily suggesting that the Porsche 991.2 GT3 will come equipped with the GT3 RS’s 4.0-litre, 500hp flat six (a move which further strengthens the manual gearbox rumours thanks to the 911 R association).
Styling wise, this latest test mule gave little away about the next 911 GT3, although a leaked computer render from Porsche Netherlands last week suggested that the new car will get only minor tweaks, including the new 3D-style rear lights, upgraded PCM and a Cayman GT4-esque front bumper.
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