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Jun 14, 2013 (10:22 am)
The '67 is indeed an iconic bug.
HOWEVER, in that heat, I really would recommend looking into either a '71 or later motor, or at least a "doghouse" oil cooler and sheet metal around the motor.
The doghouse oil cooler is designed to send the heated air away from cylinder #3, which as you may have heard, was a real weak spot for motors before the '71 change(burned the valves for #3).
Another nice thing about the '71 or later, they came with dual port cylinder heads, which improved breathing immensely.
Enjoy that '67!
I will take that into consideration and look for that to be done or possibly it will already have been done on the one I buy. All of this is good learning to get prepared for a possible ownership experience.
Jul 01, 2013 (1:15 pm)
"We are not ignorant, Porsche is not ignorant," says Andreas Preuninger, the engineer in charge of the company's GT series cars, with the air of a man who wishes to draw the current subject of conversation to a close.
We've been discussing the decision not to offer a manual transmission in the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. It's a topic of conversation that has consumed most of his waking hours for the past six months and, to be fair to the man, not one on which he can offer much more.
For reasons of cost, engineering and marketing, Porsche has chosen to build the newest GT3 (the car that perhaps connects the company with hard-core drivers better than any other in its model range) with only two pedals."
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 First Drive
#9952 of 10039 Re: ignorant? [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 01, 2013 (2:28 pm)
"We are not ignorant, Porsche is not ignorant,"
Reminds me of something I say at work now and then:
"It's not that I don't know, it's that I don't care"
It's amusing that, as far as I can tell, the sometimes whiny demand for manuals in some cars comes from the US - the most automatic place in the world.
#9953 of 10039 Re: ignorant? [fintail]
Jul 01, 2013 (4:24 pm)
I think that Porsche guy knows both the political, tea leaves and the realities. Most Porsche owners (given the choice) actually BUY NON manuals (70% plus). If 70% does not meet the definition of majority, I do not know what does. Now if Porsche got commitments for 100% M/T's, they then would be utterly stupid (ignorant in their own words) to offer anything BUT M/T's.
#9954 of 10039 Re: ignorant? [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 01, 2013 (4:23 pm)
For reasons of cost, marketing, and engineering? Please, it's cost cost and cost. And laziness. And this from the company with the highest profit margins in the industry.
#9955 of 10039 Re: ignorant? [nippononly]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jul 01, 2013 (4:25 pm)
Plus, it's a $200K+ car... Even if the cost was $10K extra for the manual, those who wanted it would pay...
So... I agree... arrogance or ignorance..
#9956 of 10039 Re: ignorant? [nippononly]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 01, 2013 (5:48 pm)
the GT3 is a FLAGSHIP car for Porsche---it epitomizes the dream of the Porsche enthusiast. It may shift faster, be a techo-marvel and all that, but without 3 pedals, there is something very important that is lost.
Sort of like building a bi-plane with auto-pilot. Isnt' the whole idea the total challenge of mastering it?
Jul 02, 2013 (5:38 am)
Your average hard core enthusiast does not buy $200,000 cars. This is a car designed for 60 year old investment bankers who used to be enthusiasts - nothing more.
Enthusiasts will buy a stick shift Cayman, which is almost affordable.
Jul 02, 2013 (8:16 pm)
hard core enthusiast anyone
No one buying a $200K car is average.... but, they still care about stick-shifts..
60 yr old investment bankers are buying 911 Turbos with Tiptronics... (imo)
GT-3 buyers are more likely to track their cars... and, they care about stick-shifts... I think it's short-sighted to not offer it..
#9959 of 10039 Re: Once ya learn ta drive a stick... [iluvmysephia1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 05, 2013 (6:16 am)
Found you a bug, Iluv: