Californians can't order a new 911 GT3 with a manual and petrolheads are fuming
It's all to do with 'noise'.
Earlier this week, Porsche announced its latest variant of the 911 which is the 992-generation GT3 Touring and car enthusiasts from around the globe jumped straight onto Porsche's online configurator to spec one up.
However, those in California stumbled across a bit of a problem when they asked for a manual transmission as the Californian government have banned it. Apparently manual GT3s don't meet the noise limits detailed in California's Code of Regulations and this has angered many Porsche lovers.
Porsche says it has only just been informed of this issue and therefore didn't have any time to adjust its cars so they can be used in California with a manual gearbox. Porsche says that California's Code of Regulations (CCR) references the SAW's test procedure J1470 for exterior noise criteria, and this was last revised in 1998. A new standard, J2805, exists now, and it seems that Porsche expected the new regulations to be in effect before the GT3 went on sale, but until they are, the car is illegal.
But not all hope is lost as Porsche says it is working with the California State Highway Patrol in order to work out a solution to this, so it isn't a permanent issue, but it does mean Californian customers will have to make do with the PDK for now, which is no bad thing.