It’s Tempt­ing

Porsche’s fi­nal man­ual GT3 and an ‘ea­gle-eyed’ bar­gain

Motor (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

EAR­LIER THIS is­sue we cel­e­brated the man­ual gear­box, and long may it live. But at the same time it was a re­minder of the many cars that have al­ready made the tran­si­tion to auto-only – in­clud­ing, as you will know, Porsche’s 911 GT3.

It was es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult ac­cept­ing this car’s switch from man­ual-only 997 to PDK-only 991 when the GT3 owed much of its leg­end to the fact you had to change gears your­self. In turn, prices of the old man­ual GT3s have sky­rock­eted.

There’s word the new sixspeed man­ual in the 911 R could make a re­turn to GT3 for 991.2. And so it could be worth wait­ing un­til then to see if prices of the still-epic 997 GT3 – 305kW/405Nm from a scream­ing 3.6-litre nat-atmo flat-six – are in a man­ual-in­flated bub­ble. Cur­rently, all are about $230K – and even if our bub­ble the­ory it­self pops, our 2007 Per­for­mance Car of the Year is still a mighty tempt­ing al­ter­na­tive to a new base Car­rera.

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