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Porsche offers no lack of choices for the purist, but the Panamera isn't one of 'em. Despite being ridiculously capable, the company's four-door coupe is more for spirited cruising than track attack. Little wonder, then, that Porsche is reportedly likely to abandon the availability of a manual transmission on the next-generation Panamera.

The decision reportedly comes, naturally enough, from lack of demand for three pedals on the current sedan. Which makes enough sense, we suppose – while we'd take a GT3, for example, with a clutch pedal, when it comes to the Panamera, we can see most customers preferring to let the robot do the work.

The report comes from the German correspondent at Car and Driver, who just a couple of weeks ago brought better news for the enthusiast side of Stuttgart's fan base: namely, that the next-gen 911 will offer a seven-speed manual. That in addition to the seven-cog, dual-clutch PDK that will apparently be the sole choice on the next Panamera.

In other news, C/D also suggests that the next Panamera will receive electric power steering, an energy-saving technology whose main drawback has been that such systems are tough to tune while preserving steering feel, an essential Porsche ingredient.

So, assuming word of no manual Panamera is true, has Porsche made the right decision? Cast your vote in the poll below.




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      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The lack of demand of manuals is partially due to self fulfilling prophesy. Dealers anticipate lower demand for manuals, so they order less or none of them. People aren't buying manuals because there are less of them on the lot. I had search for a long time to get my last vehicle as a manual, and it was specially driven to my local dealer from another dealer over 200 miles away. As sacrifice for the manual, I didn't get all of the exact features I wanted, did not get to test drive it in advance, and paid an extra delivery charge. It was worth it, but most customers or dealers (I am very hapy with my dealer) won't go through that trouble.
        Jameskey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        This comment is so true and so sad. I am currently replacing my car and I am so limited. Many car makers only offer the lower trim levels in manual (Acura, Saab- not that I'd pay that much for what the saab offers anyway). The most common thing I hear when asking somebody if their sports car is Manual is- "no I got the PDK, Tip, F1. The dealer said its much faster and he had it in stock"
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a luxury passenger car that just happens to be very good at handling and acceleration. People buying this car want to get in and go, hauling their passengers around without the worry about shifting. While i like a manual trans for a 2 seat or (4 seat that fits nobody in the back) sports car, for a full sized luxury i'd surely want an auto. We can also assume someone that buys the top of the line panemara, probably has a GT series porsche in the garage anyway.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTH, I didn't even know it came with a manual. I've knew seen any of the major magazine or online blogs review one with a manual. I always thought it was a Europe only option as most of the desirable options don't make it over here. Anybody have a pick with the manual shifter?
        igotzzoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Yeah. I was going to say...I didn't even know there was a manual option! What model?
      ToniCipriani
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just rather if they nix the entire car completely.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why stop there? just killed a whole thing. The panamera is an abomination.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        The Panamera sells even better than the Cayenne, so don't count on it. ;)
      toxx1c
      • 3 Years Ago
      how about no panamera at all
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      A manual in this car almost makes no sense. In a 911 yes, in the Panamera its just retarded. Why put a manual in your next Rolls Royce?
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, screw manual transmissions.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      There should be another option in the poll about Porsche SUVs and 4 doors as blasphemy already.
      poorboywrx
      • 3 Years Ago
      this smells of VW.
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I personally think automatics are bland, annoying and temperamental. It does help that they have gotten much more efficient and have pretty much surpassed manuals in performance. I give up. People dont buy them so companies make less of them. Then the people who still want a manual cant find them so they end up forced into an automatic. A vicious cycle. I almost want to knock the heads on all these people buying sports cars and opting for an automatic transmission only because it leads to manufacturers to end manuals, but it's their choice so whatever.
      Jason Everett
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know that the Panamera is perceived as a less track-worthy vehicle, but I've just completed the Porsche Performance Driver course at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Having Cass Whitehead (lead instructor) take three passengers on a Hot Lap in the Turbo & personally watching him reel in & pass the 911 Turbo that left 20-25 seconds (an eternity on the track) before us, I don't think the general public understands the physics-mocking machine that Porsche has created. One spin & I'm a believer.
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