The manual box may have gone, but make no mistake. The new GT3 is still a driver’s car.
It’s the car we’ve all been waiting for and Chris Harris is the first to get some road time with it. Visually, it looks like the stock 991 911 has been put on steroids. And it has performance to match. The familiar naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six revs all the way up to 9,000 rpm and produces a meaty 475 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels via Porsche’s PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. But there is no manual option. Harris acknowledges Porsche has created a spectacular driver’s car in the new 991 GT3 and doubtless we’ll see more reviews attesting to the same.
The sound, the endless revs, precision steering and lightning gear changes combine to fantastic effect. Would having a manual make this a better car? Unfortunately, we’ll never get to find out.