Purists rejoice! A manual is available, but the PDK is 0.6 seconds quicker in the 0-60 mph sprint.
[UPDATE] Porsche has introduced the updated 911 GT3 at the Geneva Motor Show. Press release has been attached below the article.
The rumors were true, folks. Ahead of an imminent official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the press release for the Porsche 911 GT3 facelift has emerged onto the web to reveal two important facts: engine and gearbox. The former takes the shape of a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine delivering 500 horsepower and 338 pound-feet of torque. In a bid to please both worlds, Porsche is going to link the engine to either a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox or a six-speed manual. Interestingly, the PDK is being labeled as the “standard” unit and it has been specially developed for the refreshed 911 GT3.
If you’re after performance, go with the automatic transmission as it enables the car to do 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometres per hour) in only 3.2 seconds whereas the manual-equipped 911 GT3 will need 3.8 seconds. Despite the 0.6-second difference, we’d still go with the model fitted with three pedals. Top speed stands at 317 km/h (197 mph) in the case of the PDK-fitted version, while the manual model can do an extra 1.6 km/h.
At 1,413 kilograms (3,116 pounds), the manual model is 16.7 kg (37 lbs) lighter than its PDK counterpart and both versions come with rear-wheel steering and an updated chassis to make the 911 GT3 feel more nimble when going fast around the corners.
Images of the car are not available at this point, but Porsche says the 2018 911 GT3 facelift has an updated front fascia to optimize air flow, while at the back it boasts a new diffuser and a carbon wing to further boost aero. Some other subtle and borderline unnoticeable styling tweaks in typical Nine Eleven fashion are also expected.
The interior cabin will host a sporty steering wheel borrowed from the sold-out 918 Spyder hypercar along with optional full bucket seats with a fixed carbon fibre reinforced backrest. These lightweight seats will serve as an alternative to the standard Adaptive Sport Seats Plus boasting 18-way electric adjustment and a memory function.
Porsche dealers are taking orders for the 2018 911 GT3 now with deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2017. Canadian pricing starts at $163,300.