Porsche 911 GT3 (991 Gen): Loses manual gearbox, stays awesome?The latest generation of 911 GT3 will only be available with a PDK gearbox. Many consider this a travesty but should they?
[MUSIC] When I drove the last 911 GT3, the 997, I lamented the end of the manual gear box. It had just been announced that the new GT3, this one, was going to change gears for you, with no manual option. I said that I'd find out whether the new car and gear box combo offered the same engagement as the old set up when I drove it. Well, today's the day to find out. To ease any fears, at least this one still got a silly wing. And here is said big Silly wing, it's overly large, overly flounce-y, and just ridiculous. But, its also, got 3.8 written on the side. So far, so 911 GT3. And don't worry yourself about the gearbox, we will be getting into that latter. But, for now, allay your fears with the fact that this thing will rev Up to 9,000 RPM. [MUSIC] Yes, it's the new 991 911 GT3, the third most mental car Porsche makes, that's after the 918 Spyder, and the 911 GT3 RS. This car's been through the wringer since its birth what with some [UNKNOWN] fires and the need for every car on the road to have its engine replaced. In the old days Porsche provided at Le Mans that anything the likes of Ferrari could do they could better. The 458 went a bit on fire, so did the GT3. But it needed a whole new engine, not just some new glue [MUSIC] The GT4 [UNKNOWN] as hardcore, the one designed to go around the track as quickly as possible, that's bound to use every millimeter of Tarlac that's presented to it, they're designed to make the driver feel actually in [UNKNOWN] At any given opportunity. Over 14,000 GT3's have been sold since they started making them. And that's a lot of people who want to go as fast as possible. Admittedly, For the money, this one, the 991 generation GT3 is the fastest of the lot, around the ring, if you're good it'll do 725. If you're not good like me, well you can tell people that it will do seven minutes 25 around the ring and that is kind of the same thing. The GT3 has always had a special place in a lot of people's hearts, where other 911s offer a great experience all around, the GT3 offers a more hardcore time without being an actual race car. Now it's time to talk about comfort. It doesn't necessarily take the forefront. For example, in the back there's no real sign of any seats. Just a big old roll cage. It is quite noisy in here which for some, it might be great. For others it might grate. And then there's the suspension. It comes in two modes. You can set it in normal or sport. Normal is more geared towards sport and sport is geared towards people who really, really like sport. However, these may be sacrifices you will be prepared to make once Find out what this thing can really do. [MUSIC] And what it can do is pretty awesome. Naught to 62 takes 3.5 seconds and its top speed is near as, dammit, 196 miles an hour. That comes with 3.8 liter flat six. It turns out 475 break horsepower and 324 pound foot. There's even the option to up the torque by pressing a little button in the cockpit. It, thanks to some engineering magic, gives you a bit more, between three and four thousand RPM. It'll rev up to 9,000 RPM as well, which is frankly incredible. [MUSIC] on top of all of that, you've got rear wheel steer. That's quite smart, and you get it on the turbo S. At low speed, it turns to rear wheels 1.5 degrees in opposite direction to the front. It means it can manuever better in tight spaces. In high speed, it turns them in the same direction as the front, so you get a better line. As well as that That there's torque vectoring if the car thinks you need it. On turning, it will break the inside wheel, so you can get, again, a tighter line. [NOISE] When Porsche announced the new GT3 a few years ago, a lot of people, myself included were a little bit concerned about their sole choice of gear box with PVK. Now, don't get me wrong the PVK is a brilliant system, it pisses over pretty much Everything else. But is it good enough to replace a manual? The last GT3, I absolutely loved it. Wonderful, wonderful thing. The gearbox was part of that, because it made up part of the experience. Does this Yes and no, when I'm on it, when I'm having a little bit of fun in some twisty stuff, when no ones watching and there is no risk of hitting anything or what have you, the pedals feel amazing. It's great, you can just leave it in gear or let the car do its thing and it's spectacular. It's controllable. It's delightful. It is, as you'd expect, a [INAUDIBLE]. However, there are some times when I just, I really want the manual gearbox, but that is just personal preference. With the PDK, the GT3 works But it still feels stripped out. It still feels hardcore. It still feels absolutely super stoking ace. It's just me being awkward. I like manual gearboxes. I'm one of the old guard. According to Porsche, 80% of all the GT3s it makes will find their way to a track. The GT three is the wagon for the person who doesn't quite want a race car, but does want something that will make them feel good on both the road and the track. It's a feel good car. So you will the big wing, the gear box or even 911's in general I know you will. But hear this, that car right there does everything you'd expect a Porsche GT car to do and a little bit more besides it's harder, it's faster, it's better. It is ever so slightly livable, slightly. 901 Gt3 It's one of the greatest. [MUSIC]