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British magazine Car has reported that the next-generation track-prepped Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be back next year, but not quite as we know it. Following the change introduced on the standard GT3 (pictured here), the 991-based RS will only be offered with a PDK gearbox, forgoing the traditional three-pedal box it has built its legacy on.

Andreas Preuninger, Porsche’s head of GT series production backs the controversial move, saying that the PDK offers even more driver involvement than the manual option. The electric power steering, also new, is claimed to be just as good as the one on the 911 GT3 RS 4.0, if not better. We’ll believe it when we drive it, mate.

As much as Porsche wants to deny it, the latest GT3 appears to have toned down its hardcore focus, perhaps to suit owners who are now more likely to drive it day in and day out in between a few jaunts on the track. If proved to be true, that leaves room for the RS to be moved in the opposite direction, primed for those who wish for the ultimate track tool without a care for its road-going compromises.

The GT3 RS is not the only new Porsche on the horizon. The regular GT3 is still only a month old, and the 911 Turbo is expected to debut in the next couple of months, before the big one, the 918 Spyder hypercar is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The GT3 RS will follow after the start of 2014.