From the Editor…
UP FRONT… Time and tide wait for no man and the new 2017 991 GT3 eclipses the 1999 original. Despite the manual comeback, Bennett reckons it’s PDK that makes all the difference
Last month it was 996 GT3s and this month it’s the new gen 2 991 GT3, and while I would have loved to have put new and old together, my memories of the 996 GT3 are fresh enough to know that it wouldn’t have put up much of a fight against the new car. That’s progress for you. Sure, the 1999 analogue original would have rewarded with its interactive qualities, chuntering Mezger engine, chatty steering etc, but spending serious seat time in the new machine is to experience a quantum leap on so many levels.
After all the fuss, I’m beginning to question my manualist credentials
We shouldn’t be surprised. The 911 is a constant evolution and of course it’s going to continually get better, or sometimes, if not better, then just different. It’s easy to knock technology and look back, I’m often guilty of it, but in testing the latest 991 GT3 for this issue, there was very little to lament. Hell, it’s even available with a manual gearbox again! For reasons best known to itself, Porsche decided that the UK test car would be a PDK, though. After initially throwing toys from pram, I’m kind of glad that it was a PDK car now. PDK has democratised going fast. It’s also the go faster choice, too. The new GT3’s astounding Nürburgring lap record (7m 12s. See news story on p10), was set in a PDK car, because it’s faster than a manual. Around Castle Combe, I was happy with PDK, it gave me one less thing to think about, while I concentrated on getting the most from the GT3’s staggering chassis. After all the fuss and against all my principles, I’m beginning to question my manualist credentials. Guess I’m evolving too…
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