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Party on the Dance Floor: Next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 takes flight, sprouts wing

Party on the Dance Floor: Next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 takes flight, sprouts wing
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The next-generation Porsche 911 GT3 is upon us and, according to project runners, it’s going to be the most customer-focused GT3 ever.

Road & Track spoke to the head developer of the GT3, Andreas Preuninger, about how the brand plans to keep the vehicle out of the mainstream and thoroughly geared toward enthusiasts — quite literally.

Preuninger is on the customer’s side when it comes to updating the 911, taking care to make sure their needs and desires are met. That is evident with this 993-generation 911 GT3.

Producing 500 horsepower and spinning all the way up to 9,000 rpm, Porsche has yet again improved upon its 4.0-litre flat-six, even past the point of the 991 Speedster’s whizzy motor. The really interesting part is the transmission connected to the engine, because there are two of them.

Yes, the next-generation GT3 will retain a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to the venerable PDK with a reworked shifter. Customers had complained about the PDK’s shift knob resembling a shaver, so Porsche changed it to a standard round knob, and modified the action to include a push-to-downshift, pull-to-upshift motion.

Another upgrade is the dashboard, which now features dials that are not obstructed by the steering wheel, but retains an analog rev counter. Extra upgrades include the deletion of heavy electronic motor mounts, a new multilink front suspension setup, and of course that massive rear wing which has a strange design to increase aerodynamics.
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