The scandal lasted exactly one week. On June 15 Porsche announced details of its 911 GT3 Touring package, a setup every bit as potent as the regular GT3 but with a collapsible rear wing for greater stealth. But buried in that announcement was this little government scud: Because of arcane testing procedures, the GT3 Touring with manual transmission would not be offered in the state of California. There was an older test procedure that measured sound from cars and the GT3 with manual trans did not meet it.
Lovers of government bureaucracy read on:
“On June 11, Porsche Cars North America received a notification from California Highway Patrol outlining that their existing test procedure (SAE J1470, from March 1992) was obsolete but it could not identify a procedural process to allow Porsche to test the new 911 GT3 equipped with a manual transmission through the modern test procedure (SAE J2805, from May 2020). Discussions with the regulators continued but without visibility to a solution we took the difficult decision to inform dealers that the manual option would be no longer be available in California, since there would be no way to legally register the cars in the state. We communicated this on June 15th, coinciding with the planned announcement of the 911 GT3 Touring package.”
Outrage swept across the internets. How dare some government bureaucracy put the kibosh on this magnificent car? Never mind that I can’t afford one, I’m outraged!
But PCNA kept diligently working toward a solution with state agencies. Yesterday afternoon they found one, using a more modern SAE standard, and the GT3 Touring with manual transmission was ok’d for the Golden State. All was, and remains, well with the wheeled world.
“PCNA thanks California DMV and California Highway (Patrol) for their responsiveness and helping quickly identify appropriate regulatory path forward. The 911 GT3 arrives in the US in the fall and will join 16 other model variants in the Porsche range that can be specified with three pedals.”
Now we can all get back to more important things, like trying to find the $162,450 necessary to buy one.
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