The 918 is great, but for the majority of people Porsche 991 GT3 is going to be the most important car the German manufacturer will release next year. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the specs of the new GT3 – it has electric steering, rear-wheel steering, and no manual gearbox – and they are just as far as 91 purists are concerned. But, you should see what this car is capable of.
Evo sent their top man Jethro Bovingdon to drive the new Porsche 991 GT3 extensively on road and track. And just for good measure, they also sent a McLaren 12C and a Nissan GT-R along as well. Here’s the verdict:
The 2014 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 is powered by a 3.8 liter flat-6 engine with 475 hp (350 kW). The only available transmission for it is the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK). This unit is so great you won’t miss the manual for a minute… while you are on the track. Once you hit the normal roads, you are going to feel the lack of it. There is no getting away from the fact that a large of enjoying a sports car is being involved in the process. By denying you the manual gearbox, Porsche is denying you that part of fun.