Porsche’s new GT3 based on the latest 991 generation of its iconic 911 sports car is starting to make its way onto local roads, so we thought it an opportune time to see what the car’s chief engineer, Andreas Preuninger, thinks of his new baby.

For him, and we’re sure for many of you reading this, a purist sports car like the 911 GT3 has to offer an emotional experience as well as performance. “A feast for the senses,” as Preuninger describes it.

But can the car’s new PDK dual-clutch gearbox offer more emotion than a regular manual? Watch the video to find out the motives behind Porsche’s decision to drop the manual. We’ve also come to our own conclusion on the issue, in case you want to read further on the topic.

And if you’re interested in the new 911 GT3, the car is priced at $130,400 plus $950 in destination fees for 2014. For that, you get one of the most capable sports cars, for road or track.

Peak output from its 3.8-liter flat-six engine stands at 475 horsepower, and is generated at a lofty 9,000 rpm. This will see the car accelerate from 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds, pass 124 mph in less than 12 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph.


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