The next-generation Porsche 911 GT3 will reportedly be offered with both a manual and self-shifting gearbox.
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Andreas Preuninger, who heads up Porsche's GT programme, spoke to Car and Driver about some of the sports car maker's plans for its harder-edged models.

The current Porsche 911 GT3 is currently offered with one transmission, an automated seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Preuninger admitted to the magazine that "the [current] GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost".

Looking into the future, Preuninger said that the company's "long term goal" is to allow the "customer decide between the two approaches".

The American publication believes that the next-generation GT3 will be offered with both a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a six-speed manual, not the seven-speed manual of the lesser Carrera models.

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Above: Current Porsche 911 GT3.

It's understood that Porsche is currently preparing a new, possibly limited edition, model for the 911 range that will focus on driving purity rather than ultra-fast lap times.

Potentially badged as the 911 R, this new variant will utilise the narrow body of the 911 Carrera, with power from a naturally 3.8-litre boxer engine, a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

More: Spy photos of the Porsche 911 R.