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      Well, no surprise here. Porsche continues to embrace the dual clutch transmission making the PDK standard and the only option on their new GT cars such as the GT3 and GT2. It started with the 991 GT3 getting the PDK transmission only with no manual option and now the 991 GT2 and GT2 RS will take the same route. Even the new 991 Turbo does not have a manual transmission option meaning the PDK dual clutch is the only way to get it.

      Purists may not like it but the GT2 is going to be a beast with 552 horsepower, rear wheel drive, and a dual clutch transmission. The GT2 RS is set to go up to 620 horsepower. 9 second car stock? With drag radials a high 9 second 1/4 mile certainly sounds within reach. Do not expect it until 2015 though.



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      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        THANK GOD! Love PDK, DSG, DCT, SMG Click here to enlarge
      1. StinkyM's Avatar
        StinkyM -
        Oh noes, Porsche purists (myself included) are going nuts over this. They are losing their minds by doing this. Oh noesssss!!!!!!!!

        PS. Sarcasm.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        I'm guessing the GT2 will get the same regular PDK as the Turbo and Carrera instead of the awesome new one they made for the GT3 with the proper shift pattern, (back for upshift, if you look on Porsche's website the gallery for the new Turbo shows that up is for upshifts. A huge deal for me), quicker shift times, less paddle-shift delay, and that ludicrous "burnout mode" where you can hold both paddles and disengage the clutch at any time. Seems odd, I was hoping all the Turbo / GT models would get the new PDK or at the very least finally have their center console shifter mounted the right way.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        I'm guessing the GT2 will get the same regular PDK as the Turbo and Carrera instead of the awesome new one they made for the GT3 with the proper shift pattern, (back for upshift, if you look on Porsche's website the gallery for the new Turbo shows that up is for upshifts. A huge deal for me), quicker shift times, less paddle-shift delay, and that ludicrous "burnout mode" where you can hold both paddles and disengage the clutch at any time. Seems odd, I was hoping all the Turbo / GT models would get the new PDK or at the very least finally have their center console shifter mounted the right way.
        I would think the GT2 would get the same PDK as the GT3 rather than the Turbo as it makes more sense due to the kind of car it is. As in, GT2 more similar to the GT3 in focus than the Turbo.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        How sad. They should at least offer the option, even if you have to pay an additional cost for the MT. Sucks that the day is getting closer and closer to the end of the MT. Can't believe Porsche is giving up on it. I guess in the end it all comes up to $$$$. I hope the Americans don't go this route with the Vettes or Vipers anytime soon, but they need to offer real manual-auto transmissions.
      1. justohigh's Avatar
        justohigh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        How sad. They should at least offer the option, even if you have to pay an additional cost for the MT. Sucks that the day is getting closer and closer to the end of the MT. Can't believe Porsche is giving up on it. I guess in the end it all comes up to $$$$. I hope the Americans don't go this route with the Vettes or Vipers anytime soon, but they need to offer real manual-auto transmissions.
        I have a feeling there will be a time when even vettes and vipers will follow this trend. If the dct/auto trans keep turning out better numbers then it would be kind of bad on their part that their cars are getting slaughtered by other cars b/c they are not updated with the lates and greatest technology.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by justohigh Click here to enlarge
        I have a feeling there will be a time when even vettes and vipers will follow this trend. If the dct/auto trans keep turning out better numbers then it would be kind of bad on their part that their cars are getting slaughtered by other cars b/c they are not updated with the lates and greatest technology.
        That's why they have the option of getting either transmissions. I understand in a highly competitive environment like racing, you would probably want to opt for those advanced transmissions. But sometimes driving a car is not all about going fast in a straightline. The joy you get driving a MT with a high powered engine is nothing compared to the feeling you get pulling a paddle or or pushing/pulling a stick up and down.

        Also, the difference between a skilled MT driver and a driver with a manual-auto transmission is minimal, it could make a big difference on a track, lap after lap, but then again - the most serious competition drivers will ultimately pick the automated-manual trans, but for the street, I'll always pick the MT.
      1. justohigh's Avatar
        justohigh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        That's why they have the option of getting either transmissions. I understand in a highly competitive environment like racing, you would probably want to opt for those advanced transmissions. But sometimes driving a car is not all about going fast in a straightline. The joy you get driving a MT with a high powered engine is nothing compared to the feeling you get pulling a paddle or or pushing/pulling a stick up and down.

        Also, the difference between a skilled MT driver and a driver with a manual-auto transmission is minimal, it could make a big difference on a track, lap after lap, but then again - the most serious competition drivers will ultimately pick the automated-manual trans, but for the street, I'll always pick the MT.
        I know what u mean. I started driving stick when I first got my license and have been, until I got my 335. I do miss it at times, but then again getting stuck in traffic in Chicago when I lived there was never any fun in a manual car. The manual to me is for the fun factor, but it is also fun racing in an auto vs someone in a manual when u see them falling back a few car cause they missed a gear Click here to enlarge
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I would think the GT2 would get the same PDK as the GT3 rather than the Turbo as it makes more sense due to the kind of car it is. As in, GT2 more similar to the GT3 in focus than the Turbo.
        I hope you're right but I don't really care. After living with my DCT 335is for a few months now, I think its transmission is great but I know I won't ever own another automatic sporty car if I have the choice. I miss driving manual way too much.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        I hope you're right but I don't really care. After living with my DCT 335is for a few months now, I think its transmission is great but I know I won't ever own another automatic sporty car if I have the choice. I miss driving manual way too much.
        I hear you unfortunately that will eliminate almost everything in the future for you.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by justohigh Click here to enlarge
        I know what u mean. I started driving stick when I first got my license and have been, until I got my 335. I do miss it at times, but then again getting stuck in traffic in Chicago when I lived there was never any fun in a manual car. The manual to me is for the fun factor, but it is also fun racing in an auto vs someone in a manual when u see them falling back a few car cause they missed a gear Click here to enlarge
        All part of the fun Click here to enlarge The manual creates more competition IMO. Easy to tell the skill levels of people. Instead of just raming your right foot on the throttle, and letting the robot do everything for you.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I hear you unfortunately that will eliminate almost everything in the future for you.
        Haha I know! The M235i is looking really great for my next car or maybe the M2 depending on what they do with the motor. At the GT2's performance level, I get the argument for eliminating the manual transmission. 99% of drivers will be holding back the performance of the car and would struggle to deal with rev-matching downshifts and all that while going flat out through a twisty road but that very challenge is exactly what I enjoy. It's why I spent my summers in college at racing schools like Skip Barber, it's just a shame that too few people want to live with a manual transmission anymore because driving a paddle-shifted car now is a little less exciting for me. It seems like for most people, the fun of racing (street racing, drag racing, circuit racing, whatever) is in winning. To me, the fun is in the competition itself. As an example of what I'm talking about, I beat all kinds of cars in my 335is but it gets old quickly because I'm basically sitting there waiting for my car to prove itself faster (or slower) than whatever I'm next to, I had way more fun the other day losing to a C6 Corvette in my manual 135i or getting absolutely thrashed by a Panamera Turbo.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        Haha I know! The M235i is looking really great for my next car or maybe the M2 depending on what they do with the motor. At the GT2's performance level, I get the argument for eliminating the manual transmission. 99% of drivers will be holding back the performance of the car and would struggle to deal with rev-matching downshifts and all that while going flat out through a twisty road but that very challenge is exactly what I enjoy. It's why I spent my summers in college at racing schools like Skip Barber, it's just a shame that too few people want to live with a manual transmission anymore because driving a paddle-shifted car now is a little less exciting for me. It seems like for most people, the fun of racing (street racing, drag racing, circuit racing, whatever) is in winning. To me, the fun is in the competition itself. As an example of what I'm talking about, I beat all kinds of cars in my 335is but it gets old quickly because I'm basically sitting there waiting for my car to prove itself faster (or slower) than whatever I'm next to, I had way more fun the other day losing to a C6 Corvette in my manual 135i or getting absolutely thrashed by a Panamera Turbo.
        Yes and with the GT3 the PDK is really what helps it since the motor is so high strung and low displacement. So it just HAS to have it to increase performance.

        The M235i likely would be perfect for you.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        DCT/PDK/DSG makes the most sense on a turbo car, as you don't lose any boost since the shifts are essentially instant. For that reason alone, I wish I had ordered DCT on my 335is when I had the chance.

        On the GT3, Porsche should offer the manual since it really is the most pure driver's car they offer. On a GT2 and normal turbo, I think it would be a mistake to take a stick.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        On the GT3, Porsche should offer the manual since it really is the most pure driver's car they offer.
        I agree strongly, at the very least as an option.
      1. Alpina_B3_Lux's Avatar
        Alpina_B3_Lux -
        Are the power figures at the wheel or at the crank? The former would surprise me as car manufacturers usually don't publish power figures at the wheel.

        However, considering the Turbo S will already have 560hp at the crank, I would assume the GT2 will have more than that.

        Alpina_B3_Lux
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Alpina_B3_Lux Click here to enlarge
        Are the power figures at the wheel or at the crank?
        Crank.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Alpina_B3_Lux Click here to enlarge
        However, considering the Turbo S will already have 560hp at the crank, I would assume the GT2 will have more than that.
        Yes I would agree should have more than the Turbo S so this source may be wrong. GT2 precedent certainly has been more power than the Turbo / Turbo S.