The 991.2 GT3 and why I’d still choose a 911R. Well, both actually…


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Late last year in 2016 if you wanted a 991 Porsche GT3 with a manual gearbox, the only 2 options available were to either not buy one or to purchase what at the time was their latest production car, the 911R. The only real problem with this is that the 911R was made to be a fairly light and definitely fast sports car for the road.

This meant that although you had an exceptionally fun car to drive, it lacked ever so slightly in track performance compared to the 991 GT3. Not to mention the whole issue with Porsche not offering it with a manual gearbox, which caused long awaited customers to shout and scream in every other 6 Pistonheads thread at the time.

 

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So, the new revised Porsché GT3 with a manual ‘box option. Does it kill the value of the 911R? Or is it even really worth buying?

 

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Although the 911R is based loosely on the GT3, it is, first and full most, a road car.  It’s not built to mash your mind in the corners or to break records. It is a road car.  The GT3 is also a road car, but it is marginally more nimble and definitely has some track focus.

Then of course you have the GT3 RS and GT2 RS, but they’re ultimately just track toys. So we’ll leave those out of the equation.

The 911R and GT3 are not track toys though. Fundamentally they are road cars. But what really makes them different? Well, like I said before…not much. So really the differences in reality are all in the eyes of the beholder/owner. However, there is one thing that stands out for me.

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