Preuninger is always good value and he indulged me with the full geek-out on his latest creation, talking 9,000rpm redlines, motorsport engines in street Porsches and how the new GT3 will tap into some of the 'fun' driving ethos of the much hyped – but strictly limited – 911 R.
Cars like this and the manual-only Cayman GT4 represent a significant watershed for engineers like Preuninger. A motorsport-honed mindset drives a culture insisting every new model must be quicker than its predecessor, driven by consumer demand for bigger, better, faster and more. But with the GT4 and the R Porsche has tested the theory – much discussed among more thoughtful enthusiasts – that fast cars have arguably got too fast to properly enjoy, certainly on the road, possibly even on the track.
Which is why the previous PDK-only GT3 has taken a step 'backwards' and the new one has the no-cost option of a six-speed manual. It's slower than the paddle-shifted PDK version. But Preuninger admits the R proved there is a vocal minority who place interaction and involvement above pure pace.
Obviously, I can't wait to drive the new GT3. But, whichever gearbox you choose, I wonder how much of that incredible performance will actually be exploitable. Get anywhere near that 9,000rpm redline on the road and you're courting some serious trouble. Finding a track big enough to fully let it off the leash will be tricky too – even somewhere like Silverstone will feel as narrow as Cadwell Park.