But some fans long for the purity and engagement of the classic stickshift, and, according to a report from Car and Driver, it might still happen. The boffins at Porsche are said to be "strongly considering" adding a manual transmission to the GT3, but not the standard model--the even harder-core GT3 RS.
We already have a fairly good idea of what's to come from the new 911 GT3 RS, including a launch date some time this summer. Curb weight should check in somewhere below the standard GT3's 3,152-pound mark thanks to more carbon fiber, a synthetic rear window, and an even more spartan cabin. Power, gearing, and suspension will also likely be tuned for even better track performance. The result should be a very impressive car all around--and one capable of laps around the 'Ring in something less than the GT3's 7:25 benchmark.
To our tastes, the PDK is a fine choice for the GT3 RS, but the choice of a manual for those who feel the need is fine by us, too. Of course, even if Porsche doesn't offer the manual this time around, you can always satisfy your old-school cravings with an old-school (or slightly less new-school) GT3 RS.