Here's What Makes the Manual Porsche 911 GT3 So Special

We get the first manual 911 GT3 in the country on track to see if it's better without the PDK.

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The first 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 had a 475 horsepower flat-six that revved to 9,000 rpm. That was good. It wasn't available with a manual gearbox. That was less good. While it was objectively quicker on the road and the track, it was subjectively less engaging.

But for the revised 991.2 version of the car, Porsche listened to the cries of the people and made the GT3 available with a six-speed manual gearbox. And it transformed the car from something that was built to hit a laptime to something that was engaging whether you're going 25 or 125.

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On this week's Road & Track Three Lap Review, Editor-at-Large Sam Smith and I take the new, manual GT3 on track at NCM Motorsports Park to see just what a big difference that manual gearbox has made for the GT3. Watch it below.

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