Alright, automotive purists. You may now consider putting down the pitchforks and taking back your hateful comments to the brilliant men and women from Porsche, as they may be providing an olive branch. An olive branch in the form of a manual transmission, as engineers of the acclaimed 911 are now “strongly considering” the addition of a row-your-own gearbox to the latest GT3 RS, according to reports. As you take this moment to hang up your torches and retire your farming utensils, please know that your cries have not fallen upon deaf ears.
After an outpouring of disappointment from the enthusiast community, the makers of the legendary 911 have decided that the latest iteration of the iconic sports-car very well may sport a 7-speed manual along side the lightning-quick 7-ratio PDK transmission in the absolutely mental GT3 RS.
Regardless of what does end up managing the cogs in the track-ready 911, the specs of the latest icon will be absolutely mind-shattering. Paying more for less (weight that is) will be the course of action taken by Porsche, stripping the cabin down to the bare essentials, removing carpets, stereo, cumbersome glass windows, and the lot. All of the additional weight-saving should land this street-legal racecar somewhere around the 3,000-pound mark, promising blistering acceleration and neck-breaking grip courtesy of an anything-but-subtle aerodynamics package.
Essentially, we can expect firmer… everything, slightly more impressive specs and an even quicker lap time around the Nürburgring; the likes of which most normal humans will have a hard time comprehending. Yes, the 911 GT3 RS is expected to be for experts only, and we’re sure that if you find yourself comparing stat sheets with your fellow millionaire friends, it would be difficult to deny the range-topping 911. Unless we were talking about the 918, of course.
Set to debut sometime in the summer of 2014, the GT3 RS promises the most raw and unadulterated automotive ecstasy presented by any vehicle this side of a GT race car and a price tag anywhere from an expected $150,000-$200,000. From the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere, we still wish for the inclusion of a do-it-yourself stick shift but even still, if the next GT3 RS is unveiled with only a dual-clutch automatic this year, Porsche would still have an uncompromising, and absolutely phenomenal 911.