Re­turn of the stick

HWM (Malaysia) - - SHOWCASE - by Kenny Yeo

The Porsche 911 range is al­most un­fath­omable. There’s the ba­sic Car­rera, and then there’s the Car­rera S, the Car­rera GTS, the Turbo, and the Turbo S. And amongst them, there’s the Cabri­o­let and the Targa to choose from. Hon­estly, you need a de­gree from Porsche to fully un­der­stand the en­tire 911 range.

But, for true-blue driv­ing en­thu­si­asts, there has al­ways only been one model for them and that’s the 911 GT3. It has the per­fect blend of driv­ing chops and daily us­abil­ity, but Porsche did the un­think­able when it re­freshed the 911 GT3 in 2013. It was only of­fered with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. It gets Porsche’s ul­tra-fast 7-speed PDK gear­box to be ex­act, but that’s not what purists wanted. They wanted a man­ual gear­box. You know, the kind where you have to use a clutch and a stick?

For­tu­nately, Porsche has heard the cries of fans and the lat­est 911 GT3 will now be of­fered with a 6-speed man­ual gear­box. But that’s not all, the lat­est 911 GT3 also has a larger, more pow­er­ful en­gine. The 911 GT3’s en­gine dis­place­ment has been in­creased to four liters and its in­ter­nals have also been strength­ened. This means the lat­est 911 GT3 now pro­duces 493hp and can rev to an un­be­liev­able 9,000rpm. Imag­ine the sound it will make!

Porsche 911 GT3

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