• Jul 20, 2011
There were a whole lot of hidden Easter eggs in the official next-generation 911 teaser video that Porsche released this week. Despite the fabric camouflage, we could clearly see a new Panamera-inspired center console, the 991 generation's longer dimensions and a flat-six engine that's been moved even closer to the center of the car. One thing we didn't catch the first time around, though, is what may just be hard evidence of the fabled seven-speed manual transmission.

Take a close look at the zoom-in callout in the screen grab above. It's hard to notice, but see those extra lines going up and to the right at the end of the gear shift pattern? In today's manual transmission Porsche models, reverse gear is up and to the left, meaning that if we're looking at this correctly, the extra etching in the 911's shift knob would appear to be corroboration of a seventh gear.

If so, welcome to the future, manual transmission. Follow the jump to see the original Porsche 911 teaser video.



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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I have never been a huge Porsche fan over the years, its stuff like this that really make me appreciate their dedication to the automobile. Thanks Porsche... I really hope other car makers follow suite.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Follow suit and, what, lose races? Last I checked, the Corvette and Viper have dominated the GT class for the last several decades. The Porsche Club of Texas allows non-Porsches to race when they rent the Texas World Speedway with the EXCEPTION of Corvettes. Corvettes are banned since it was apparently embarrassing that the cheaper cars were wiping the floor lapping Porsches.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          What a moronic post. And one that has nothing even to do with the news at hand. Only a tool would complain about a sports car company introducing a new manual transmission at a time when more and more car companies are going automatic.
          emperor koku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          Follow suit and continue developing traditional three-pedal manual transmissions. And, uh, Corvette is one of the other cars still available with a manual...exclusively, in the high-end versions. So maybe just stop typing and step away from the computer.
      Stephen Smalling
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still don't know how I feel about a 7-speed manual. But I'm sure porsche has it figured out. Could just be a gear you to only use on the highway for emissions purposes, leaving the other 6 close ratio...?
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stephen Smalling
        exactly...that's what it is all about. they only offer one additional "very long" gear, to lower the emissions/fuel comsumption on the highway.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like it to me! I see 5 across the top and three across the bottom, which would make 7 + Reverse.
      Peter Reynolds
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 6-speed and I didn't think it would be possible to have any more cogs in an H-pattern without causing confusion and difficulty finding the right gear because of the spring loading in the 3-4 plane. But, if 1st gear is in a dog-leg down and to the left, then the other cogs could fit the H-pattern. Mind you, I think that 7 is too many gear ratios for a street car unless the car has DSG or a sequential shifter.
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that companies like Ferrari aren't even producing cars with manuals at all any more makes Porsche all the more bad-ass. Flippin' high-five to the boys in Stuttgart and a big thumbs-up.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or Porsche, you could produce a sportscar engine with torque like the LS7, which not only produces massive power but has better fuel economy than your much smaller and lesser performance engine at a fraction of the price for a crate engine.
        redman12
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        I had to log in to down rank your stupid ass.
        rgee01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Why does there have to be a singular definition of what a performance car "should" be? There's nothing wrong with vehicular diversity =)
        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        LS7 EPA highway economy results != real world economy
          Ducman69
          • 3 Years Ago
          @me
          My Corvette gets over 28mpg at 80mph on the highway (granted I have engine work done), so I don't see why the more advanced LS7 would be inferior to my old school LS1: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/119/312878097_ffc2269e12_o.jpg Mixed I only get 19mpg average though, do to lots of stop and go, but the highway is 100% valid and the sixth gear is ONLY a super overdrive for cruising so its really a five-speed which is PLENTY when you have torque.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        You should go away now.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Manuals are slower on a drag strip than a slushbox, get less fuel mileage than a DSG, and IMMENSELY more fun than either. Long live the 3rd pedal!
        Jameskey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Given the choice of a PDK Turbo S or a Manual Cayman, I'd go Cayman without a doubt.
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why... why do you need a 7 speed MANUAL when 6 would suffice? Unless you have a dog of an engine, it's pointless. A porsche is not a truck.
        rgee01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Why do you need six gears when five would suffice? why do you need five when four would suffice? Why do you need four...
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        just one additional gear for extremely low revs/fuel consumption/emissions on the highway..why is it that hard to understand?! they already stated that.
          JaredN
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          The thing is, if I can afford a Porsche, then I really wouldn't give a darn about increasing my mileage by a few percent on the highway. And I could see the extra gear being a bit of a pain in the backside -- 5 across the top could make it rather confusing to find the right gear. Oh, well, I can't afford one, so I guess it won't be a problem for me...
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is fantastic. even supercar owners get annoyed at having to fill up, im sure. sure they can afford it. but that extra time at the pump could be spent driving or attending to other pertinent matters. 7 speed manuals are (hopefully) going to be common place one day. just like the once sophisticated 5 speed manuals were back in the early 1900's... long live three pedals!
      nate0123
      • 3 Years Ago
      7th gear is for comfortable 140mph cruising.
      razrrick13
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have no idea why, but I just think Porsche coming out with like the first 7 speed manual (H-pattern manual, no paddles!) is just ****ing sick!
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