Porsche 911 R Might Be Manual-Only With A GT3 Engine

Two of Porsche’s best cars only come with two pedals and a PDK transmission. That automatic is inarguably one of the very best on the planet, but it’s still not the same. The debut of the latest Porsche 911 GT3 was met with much moaning and groaning when it was revealed it would be PDK-only. A rumorfrom our friends at Car and Driver could signal that three-pedal fans may finally get the Porsche they really want.

Porsche 911 R

C/D is claiming that Porsche might resurrect the 911 R badge for a limited-edition Carrera. Such a vehicle would feature not only a nearly 500-horsepower, naturally aspirated flat-six derived from the GT3’s engine, but also a do-it-yourself manual transmission. We’re betting it’d be the Carrera’s well-regarded seven-speed manual, provided it could handle the output.

As for how this car will look, that is perhaps the most exciting angle. According to C/D, Porsche insiders called the 911 R “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” describing subdued sheetmetal that won’t trumpet this car’s high-performance nature. Yes, there’s could be a sleeper 911.

We’ll keep our eyes open for anything that corroborates Car and Driver’s rumor, but until then, take this news with a grain of salt. If the 911 R does see the light of day, it will likely be in March at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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