Purists rejoice! A manual is available, but the PDK is 0.6 seconds quicker in the 0-60mph sprint.
[UPDATE] Porsche has introduced the updated 911 GT3 at the Geneva Motor Show. Press release has been attached in the appropriate section below the article.
The rumours 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 500hp and 338lb ft 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 labelled 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 0-60mph in only 3.2 seconds whereas the manual-equipped 911 GT3 needs 3.8 seconds. Despite the 0.6-second difference, we’d still go with the three-pedal model. Top speed stands at 197mph in the case of the PDK-fitted version, while the manual model can do an extra 1mph.
At 1,413kg, the manual model is 16.7 kg 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 optimise 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.
Heading to UK dealers later this year, prices of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 are yet to be announced. The current model starts at £131,296.