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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Porsche’s new 911 GT3 possesses a front and rear design that resulted from consistent aerodynamic tuning. This establishes a good balance between low drag, drive and brake cooling, and sportive downforce at high speeds. The vehicle’s rear wing and front spoiler provide downforce at the rear and front axle, complemented by its underbody panel that provides additional diffuser effect, thanks to its engine area’s rising contour.

In conformity with the new 911 GT3, its interior is sporty without being rough and bare. You will experience driving fun on comfortable Porsche Sports Seats Plus, complete with raised side supports as well as mechanical length adjustment. Moreover, the lumbar support and height adjustment are electric. And since, traditionally, the 911 GT3 has been a two-seater, the new model’s rear seat shells are covered.

Furthermore, the new GT3 Sport’s steering wheel comes covered in black alcantara. Its height and length adjustment, which is now roughly 10 mm longer, can still be done manually. What’s more, the PDK selector lever found in the center console boasts a specific GT3 design and a switch direction display at the selector lever backdrop’s left side. The configuration of the symbols follows custom in racing, which means that in the new 911 GT3, upshifts "+" are backward, while downshifts "-" are forward.

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