Porsche reveal its second-generation 911 GT3

The main headline is the Gen II will be offered with a manual gearbox after the previous generation was PDK-only. Following huge demand for the limited-edition 911 R, Porsche have listened to buyer demand so it will be interesting to see the sales split between the manual and PDK.

The seven-speed PDK is updated from before with even faster shifts and new software. The manual is the six-speed from the 911 R and Porsche hopes those who missed out on the R will now order a manual GT3.

The Gen II GT3’s engine is now a 4.0-litre flat six from the 911 Cup car which produces 500bhp and screams to 9,000rpm, giving a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.

The GT3 still has technology which makes it handle as well as ever, with a 25mm ride drop over a comparable 911 Carrera S, four-wheel steering, dynamic engine mounts and a limited-slip differential. Kerb weight remains the same at 1430kg.

It remains to be seen how a new manual GT3 will affect values of the 911 R, which went stratospheric as soon as the limited numbers sold out, partly due to its manual gearbox. Cars are rumoured to have changed hands for £800,000, seven times list price. The new GT3 is a more reasonable £111,802 and Porsche say they have already been inundated with orders. 

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