Porsche claims that the 911 (991) GT3 is still hardcore only with the PDK gearbox

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 19, 2013

The new Porsche 911 GT3 is still “hardcore,” Andreas Preuninger, the automaker's high-performance car manager, said in response to comments that its newest 911 had been tamed with a two-pedal system. Preuninger said, according to Autocar, that the GT3 is as fast as an old GT3 RS 4.0 but offers more excitement because of its new dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

He added that after driving 150 metres, anyone will be impressed by its gearbox. For the GT3, the stock 991’s PDK dual-clutch gearbox has been given numerous detail changes. It comes with shorter intermediate ratios and shifts are quicker and more aggressive.

What makes it different from other PDKs is that it doesn’t slowly move forward when a gear is engaged. The manual override controls in the cabin have been modified. The gearlever is designed to operate opposite to that of a standard PDK. To change down, it has to be pushed away while to change up, it has to be pulled towards you.

In addition, the column-mounted shift paddles offer a shorter, more accurate action. Preuninger said that it isn’t just performance that prompted the company to make this decision.

He said that the company was aiming to build the “most emotional car with the most driver involvement” since no one needs a GT3. The company made a system that offers the feeling of handling a full-on race car sequential transmission. He pointed out that this PDK can’t offer whatever a traditional manual gearbox can give you.

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