Why Porsche Continues to Be the Best – It Listens to Its Buyers
Porsche continues to be the most profitable Car manufacturer in the world and its not only because they make world class cars – ahem sports cars. It’s also they really do listen to their buyers and try to give them what they want. This is a direct blindside swipe at other sports manufacturers who have decided they know best for the market and say take it or leave it. Prime example: BMW. Hence why do they continue to give us turbocharged cars when even Ford can produce a naturally-aspirated iconic sports car engine in their Ford Mustang GT? Or why for a company known as the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ as its mantra should now be the ‘Ultimate Smooth n Soft Driving Machine’? Or Ferrari. Really no manual option on your red sports cars? I get it that all their race cars use a paddle-shift transmission but are there any direct correlation between the appreciating values of their past manual transmission cars and their decision to only sell paddle shifters in their new cars? Hmm.
That’s why we have to shout out to Porsche when they deliver what the market really wants. And what they wanted was a manual transmission GT3. While everyone loves the current Porsche 991 GT3 and it’s sold more units then past GT3 models, there was a good portion of the Porsche community who still wants to row their own gears. And that caused all previous manual GT3 cars (i.e. Porsche 997 GT3 and Porsche 997 GT3 RS) to shoot up in value on the resell market as Porsche fanatics thought that was the last time Porsche would sell a GT3 with the 3rd pedal.
The new 991.2 911 GT3
But with the latest generation of the 991 Gt3 Porsche has made the world right. The new refreshed car comes with a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 500 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. So it’s still super fast. But besides the really good dual-clutch transmission known as PDK, Porsche will now also offer a manual gearbox that was first seen in the limited run Porsche 911 R. With the manual the car is going to be lighter but a bit slower than the PDK equipped car. But at a difference of a few fractions of a second slower, who really cares? You get what you wanted and the manual actually may be cheaper than the PDK equipped car to boot. To learn more and configure your own Porsche GT3 check out the recently opened car configurator.
Thank you, Porsche, for listening. The market will surely respond in kind.