A couple of years back Porsche went dual-clutch only in its 991 GT3 and effectively declared the manual transmission obsolete. No shortage of Porsche purists and driving enthusiasts decried that decision.
It seemed a potentially imprudent decision at the time, but Porsche isn’t one of the world’s most profitable automotive brands for no reason.
The “R” is a limited edition special that blurs the line between street-oriented Porsche 911’s like the Carrera S, and the more hardcore GT3. The 911R has the engine from the 991 GT3 RS and comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, but offers a more compliant ride and none of the prolific downforce bits.
With even base 911’s now turbocharged, and not so much as a (credible) rumor of a manual GT3, the 911R is sure to be a high demand model that won’t drop to within a Grand Canyon distance of MSRP, ever.
Meanwhile, dual clutch GT3 allocations are unavailable, and used 991 GT3’s sell for > MSRP.
Welcome to the world of Porsche – where even apparently wrong decisions end up right, and disgruntled brand loyalists come running back writing larger checks than ever before.
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