The German automaker has taken the wraps off the updated 911 GT3 in front of the worldwide audience of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – packing a purist six speed manual gearbox from now on, next to the faster PDK.
The important parts have been upgraded – the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine packs 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 338 pound-feet (458 Newton-meters) of torque. Also, to please every single client, Porsche has now allowed the purchase of either a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox or a six-speed manual. The PDK remains the “standard” unit and has actually been tweaked specifically for the upgraded 911 GT3. Performance in this case is of 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) in just 3.2 seconds whereas the manual-equipped 911 GT3 will require 3.8 seconds.
Maximum speed is of 197 miles per hour in the case of the PDK while the manual goes for another mile. Tipping the scales at 3,116 pounds (1,413 kilograms), the manual model is 37 lbs (16.7 kg) lighter than the PDK and both feature rear-wheel steering and an updated chassis to make the 911 GT3 go even faster around the bends. There’s also a modified front end to improve air flow, as well as a new diffuser and a carbon wing at the back. The interior comes with a new sporty steering wheel taken from the sold-out 918 Spyder hypercar along with optional full bucket seats with a fixed carbon fiber reinforced backrest.