Porsche ‘911 R’ on the way; GT3 engine, manual gearbox – report

October 11, 2015

After receiving a lot of criticism for making the new 911 GT3 an auto-only affair, Porsche is reportedly working on a special manual edition called the 911 R.

2015 Porsche 911 GT3

According to a Road and Track report a source from within Porsche has confirmed there is a special edition coming, powered by the GT3 engine, which will be offered exclusively with a manual transmission.

Porsche is one of the most renowned and purest of sports car brands, but even it is subject to ever-tightening emissions regulations. One way to beat them is by using advanced automatic transmissions. But this is not what the GT3 fans want, apparently.

It’s understood the 911 R will take some inspiration from the original 911 R. It’s set to come with the same 350kW 3.8-litre flat-six engine as seen in the GT3, only it won’t come with a big rear wing and some of the hardcore components. Wheel sizes are also likely to be more conventional and road-oriented compared with the GT3’s staggered 20×9/20×12-inch setup.

The model, if the report is accurate, will sit in the lineup between the naturally aspirated flagship 911 GTS and the track-ready GT3. Market entry is expected to take place next year.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.