We have yet to catch our breath from our first drive of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, but if you're still not sold on the fact that this track-ready 911 is only offered with a PDK transmission, then you should take it up with Andreas Preuninger. Preuninger is the guy who led the team responsible for the latest GT3. Porsche has released a video giving a little backstory of what went into the development of the car, which had as its goal the creation of a pure, rewarding 911 driving experience.

The video captures the sights and sounds of the GT3 perfectly. Perhaps the best part is listening to Preuninger describe one of the defining moments that resulted in replacing the GT3's manual gearbox with the PDK. We don't want to ruin the video for you, so scroll down to check it out for yourself.


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      gt3fan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It feels like a PR piece about the PDK acted out. His point about pleasing the senses while not offering manual transmission is contradictory. The feeling of the notchy shifter and engagement of the heavy clutch are both important parts of the GT3 driving experience and identity. It makes no sense to replace the manual transmission if the goal is about feel. For faster lap time, I could understand but that wasn't the goal. Economics is obviously a strong driver because adding a manual transmission option to the 9A1 engine will cost Porsche significantly more in development to appease a relatively small number of purists. By moving to PDK, Porsche drops the skill level required so that more buyers can fully experience the GT3. Some purists may move on but more will benefit. There is no doubt that the GT3 with PDK is quicker and feel better than the 997 in some respect, but jury is out as to the future of Porsche's identity. Is the new Porsche post-Volks going soft? Will future Porsche models be differentiated based upon mainly electronic updates/tuning? Will the chase of the last millisecond of lap time progresses to the last driver connection being the iPhone?
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still watching the video and two things are ABSOLUTELY true 1) is the early morning right around 5am when life begins to wake-up, I find this time frame to be highly stimulating for the mind and mystical. 2) Sports car being the last car - very true again because these days we either have cars or appliances and appliances are winning.
      fish4free
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really like these insights from the project/program managers especially those talks where the PMs' reveal those key moments in the decision process which led them down a particular path. It seems now that the rational garage will need both a new GT3 and a Singer.
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      no manual??? Enthusiasts need not apply.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do want.
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        fish4free
        • 1 Year Ago
        yes the paddles are optimal for racing, no doubt. there is, getting philosophical for a moment, something visceral (precambrian? but definitely sexual) wiring in mans' brain which connects power with penis with the shift knob nothing more than an expression his 'knob'. so i don't think it's necessary to criticize those who want/need an appendage to conect with that feeling of power in their cars even though they may not be able to articulate that need in just simple terms of, "I like/prefer the manual" when what they're really saying is, "this stick reminds me of my schmekel when I fap." I think the key moment, as noted in the preamble to the video, is when Andreas takes the car for a 2 hour, 4 hour ride and says, "we can do this." i have complete condidence in Andreas and were manual standard, i would opt for the optinoal pdk.
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      For all its goodness and superiority, its just not quite the same without the manual trans.
        Allaround
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Get on board Ross. Its not not quite the same, because its actually better. I've driven a manual and a PDK at speed. With PDK you have high tech, the ultimate tech, in your hands.
          Frank
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Allaround
          I have driven both at speed as well (not the Porsche one, mind you). They can keep the PDK. I thought it was really ironic he was talking about the sensual experience and the feel for the driver considering they've removed a whole dynamic by going PDK only. It's like removing the sense of smell from eating. The real reason they removed it is because of the last bit where he says Porsche can build the ultimate PDK transmission. It's an engineering exercise, nothing more. It's the same line of thinking that wanted to put the original Mercury 7 into space without allowing them to pilot the things.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
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        AGSHOP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Exactly! The guy who made the dam car said "its not for speed its for sense and feel and emotion" If any of that were true then they would want the "human" as he calls it to "feel" the transmission "feel" the shift and sense the car
      FHH
      • 1 Year Ago
      sad note. lets get really people manual transmissions are becoming a thing of the past. not even an option any more. don't get me wrong i owned a GTI with DSG, and it was great and all but after a year of ownership i founded to be boring. and not only that $250 just to change the trany oil F that.
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        CoffeeJones
        • 1 Year Ago
        if the 'purists' had their way the 911 line would have ended with the 993. :) People keep saying "Porsche sells the Cayenne and Panamera so that they can continue to make their roadsters." And here's your roadster.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoffeeJones
          I believe, and I may be wrong, but if you're a surgeon, you buy a Cayman or a 911, if you're a thrill seeker than you buy a 458. It seems to me that Porsche believed the timing was right to push 911 further up to take on 458, Gallardo, MP4, and let Cayman and Boxer take over where 911 was before.
          Noah
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoffeeJones
          @RGT881 I think it's more like this; If you make less than $1m / year, you buy a Porsche (whatever) Turbo, 991 GT2 or 991 GT3. If you make more than $1m / year, and you want to take it to the next level, per Ferrari's own buyer requirements, you pick up a used 430 from the showroom. Then you pick up a 458 and maybe an F12, because all you really wanted was a new one... but Ferrari makes you support their used marketplace and artificially inflated used-car margins prior to allowing the purchase of a new one.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoffeeJones
          Grrr...grammatical error...major grrr..."then you buy a 458". Grrr!!!
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Manuals were awesome in what they came in. Now they are outdated, just like an actual throttle cable. I agree that there should be an option to have the manual, but I bet if you drove the DCT in this case, that's what you would go with. On another note, this car is cool, but cost allot. You can get the new Stingray for more than half the cost of this car and be just as content if not more. And it comes in a manual.
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Puristic. That's a good word.
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