We already knew this was happening thanks to the Cayenne, but now the venerable GT3 is falling prey to modernization too.
A new video posted to YouTube by CarSpyMedia has shown the Porsche 911 GT3 facelift undergoing testing, and it reveals a sad fact: not even the enthusiast-focused GT3 with its 4.0-liter engine revving to 9,000 rpm is safe from the onset of digitalization, and the analog tachometer is now dead.
We already saw a completely digital dash in the facelifted Cayenne SUV, and Porsche quickly explained that it agonized over the decision to remove all analog dials from the cluster. But we were really hoping that the GT range, a collection of performance-focused cars that appeals to true driving enthusiasts, would be exempt from this move.
Sadly, it is not.
Speaking with The Drive after the digital dash in the Cayenne was revealed, Porsche head of UX design Ivo van Hulten said that "more flexibility for the future" was the chief driver behind the decision, although we're sure that cost must have been an issue too - most suppliers haven't had to create anything with an analog dial in a long time.
As disappointing as this is, the good news is that Porsche is already hard at work refining its GT3 for the 2024 model year - not that it is a letdown in its current form - and the naturally aspirated flat-six will continue, likely still with a perfectly adequate 502 horsepower.
This test mule shows no apparent changes besides the rear bumper, where it appears that the active aerodynamic features may be tweaked. As we said when we published similar spy shots of a facelifted GT3 almost a year ago, we can't see any reason to change the bodywork of this brilliant car, so we look forward to seeing exactly what is new when the facelift is eventually launched, likely late this year.
If you'd rather hold on for something more extreme, the GT2 RS is soon to arrive with what is expected to be a mild hybrid powertrain developing north of 700 hp. Just don't expect it to have a real rev counter needle.
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