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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 returns with a manual for driving purists

To please a vocal crowd of car enthusiasts, Porsche has brought a manual transmission back to the 911 GT3 along with a few other refinements.

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For 2018, Porsche will offer the 911 GT3 with both a seven-dual-clutch sequential manual and six-speed manual.

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A 4.0-liter boxer six-cylinder making 500 horsepower and 338 pound-feet of torque powers the new GT3. 

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The new engine represents a 25 horsepower and 15 pound-feet increase over its predecessor. 

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The naturally aspirated engine features a 9,000 rpm redline.

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With the dual-clutch gearbox, the GT3 can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and features a top speed of 197 mph. 

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GT3s with the manual need 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph, but have a slightly higher 198 mph top speed compared to dual-clutch cars.

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For handling, the GT3 comes standard with the Porsche Active Suspension Management system and rear axle steering.

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Aero improvements include slightly higher carbon fiber rear wing, front and rear fascias and rear underbody diffusor to help increase downforce by 20 percent.

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The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 wears a base price of $144,650, which includes $1,050 for destination fees.

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The car will begin arriving in dealers this fall.

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