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Porsche can't sell the manual transmission 2022 911 GT3 in California

According to CA regulation, the manual is louder than the automatic

It seems car enthusiasts have another reason to dislike the Golden State. Customers who want to order, or have already ordered, a 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 with the optional six-speed manual transmission will have to either get the automatic version or purchase another car. According to Porsche, the manual cars are louder than the state's sound regulations allow and have thus been banned in California.

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The issue affects both the regular GT3 and Touring versions of the 911, meaning nobody is safe from the regulation. Customers who already ordered a manual GT3 will be contacted by dealers and offered the opportunity to switch to the PDK dual-clutch automatic.

The regulation in question, California's Code of Regulations (CCR) 1046, references the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) test procedure J1470 as the standard for measuring exterior noise. That test was last revised in 1998 and a newer standard has since been created, the well-named J2805. Why California has yet to adopt that newer standard is anyone's guess.

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Image courtesy of Porsche

Porsche mentioned it's working with the California State Highway Patrol on a solution but no ETA has been specified as of yet. Of course, there is nothing stopping someone from buying a GT3 in Nevada and just driving it back to California but don't tell them I said that.

How do you feel about this new rule? Why do you think the manual version is louder than the PDK? Let us know in the comments below!

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