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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 with a manual transmission

The Geneva motor show is really showing off some interesting metal today, including the latest model from Stuttgart, the new 911 GT3.

Purists have longed for the GT3 and RS models to come with a manual transmission, before today, the closest you could get was the 911R, which has an absolutely ludicrous price tag.

So, it seems that Porsche to listen to it’s customers (and critics), and have graced us with this, the 2018 GT3. It’s a refreshed, second generation (991.2) 911, sporting a naturally aspirated four litre flat six engine, making 500 horsepower and 339lb-ft of torque. The engine itself is based on the current 911 race cars’ spec, including the RSR and GT3 R.

This time though, as well as the seven speed, ultra fast PDK gearbox, there is also a manual to engage the driver, capable of 0-60 in 3.8 and a top speed of 198mph, the manual is around 40lbs lighter too, which is nice.

As well as the gearbox, Porsche have added the same steering wheel from the 918 Spyder and the Track Precision app as standard, which allows data logging to a smartphone and lap timing.

Rear axle steering is also added to improve cornering – depending on speed, they steer either the same or opposite way to the front, which has been given great reviews on the RS models.

Prices come in at $144,650, so not cheap, but still cheaper than the 911R!

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