2018 Porsche 911 GT3: First Drive


The last GT3 had a fiery start. There were the engine fires that caught early owners by surprise. Porsche quickly fixed the problem, but on the Internet, home of comments, another problem emerged when purists found out that the GT3 would only be sold with an automatic transmission. Left out of the new GT3, a few three-pedal customers turned their attention to the older-gen 997 GT3, buoying their prices. And then last year, Porsche magnanimously merged the GT3 RS's 500-hp engine with a manual gearbox and christened it the 911 R. Think of the 911 R as Porsche's Greatest Hits album released exclusively on vinyl. All 991 examples quickly found buyers and the effect of the sellout may have something to do with why we can now get a GT3 with a manual transmission.

Porsche is now selling, at no-extra cost, a 911 GT3 with a clutch pedal. It makes almost no sense on a spreadsheet—there are only six speeds to the automatic's seven, it accelerates more slowly than the auto, it is less fuel efficient, and it'll undoubtedly add time to each lap—but it's the best thing to happen to the 911 since it made the change from air to water. Read more about the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3...

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19 Mar 2018


By RICHARD PINTO