Porsche To Bring Back 911 GT3 With A Facelift And Possibly, A Manual Gearbox

An updated version of Porsche 911 GT3 will soon join the 991 II codenamed generation of the series, as we spied the brand’s engineers evaluating an early test mule on the Nürburgring.

The prototype is based on the current 991.1 model, with the only difference being the slightly modified front bumper with larger intakes, but the production model will incorporate most of the styling revisions and tech updates of the regular 991.2, which is Porsche-speak for the facelifted 991.

As such, expect a series of subtle exterior styling upgrades including reshaped front bumper with slimmer daytime running lights, tweaked headlamps and taillights with different lenses, a reprofiled rear bumper, new door handles with a more integrated appearance and possibly, a new set of wheels.

Similarly inside, the GT3 should get a newly designed steering wheel and the updated Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a touchscreen.

Porsche may have welcomed a new generation of turbo engines in its base 991.2 models, but for the GT3, it will stick with the outgoing model’s high-revving, naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six with some improvements to push output from 475PS (468hp) to around 500 horses.

However, the biggest news might be the return of a manual gearbox option, as sources suggest that Porsche officials listened to buyers who were not pleased with the brand’s previous decision to offer the 991 GT3 exclusively with a PDK dual-clutch transmission, despite being faster and even though it sold out.

Look for the facelifted 911 GT3 at a major motor show within the next year.

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