The 992-generation of the Porsche 911 is now available with a seven-speed manual gearbox, as long as you choose the Carrera S, 4S coupé or the cabriolet. All standard 911s feature turbocharged flat-sixes and PDK automatics now, but before Porsche’s core sports cars go fully electrified, we’ll get a new naturally-aspirated GT3, both in big-winged and Touring trim. Expect an optional, beefier manual gearbox as well.
Porsche has been teasing the 992 GT3 for a while, and with these new motorsports-focused cars just around the corner, pre-production prototypes have been spotted all around their usual playgrounds. The list includes Monza, where both the high-downforce GT3s and their more subtle, GT-bodied siblings have been demonstrating their vocal ranges since in October of 2018.
Since then, videographer 19Bozzy92 followed the GT3 mules to the Nürburgring and has this to say about Porsche’s development:
“The work on the two prototypes has definitely gone on in this year and a half and, by watching some recent footage from the last week on the Nordschleife, you can clearly see how the work progressed with the addition of a new front bumper and air intakes on the front hood.”
The GTS should appear before the GT3, and while you can get a sporty fixed wing on any 911 now, the new naturally-aspirated track special’s most controversial piece may be its top-hung rear wing. Better for downforce, but perhaps a bit too much for a street car … We shall see what final design Porsche would settle on. As long as the flat-six under it still revs to 9000 rpm, neither wing configuration should be a dealbreaker for GT3 customers.