We're all clamoring to get our greasy mitts on the new seven-speed manual transmission in the 2012 Porsche 911. Porsche has officially released a video of exactly how the gearbox works. As expected, engineers opted to use shorter ratios for gears one through six while leaving seventh gear nice and wide. That strategy is the same one employed in the company's optional PDK, and it essentially operates as a six-speed manual with a seventh gear over drive. Porsche says the design allows the 2012 911 to deliver buyers the acceleration and performance that the vehicle has come to represent while also serving up improved fuel economy.

The Porsche marketing machine calls the new manual "puristic," which, given the company's enthusiasm for the PDK, we assume to mean "dated." We're fine with that, though. We're not whipping the car around Le Mans, so Porsche can keep the faster-than-human shifts of the double-clutch box. We want our third pedal. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself. Thanks for the tip, GT6!



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      Omar Khaled Mohamed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank You Porsche For Keeping The Manual Alive :D
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      that´s why i love Porsche. The PDK is doing so well, they could have stayed with a 6 speed along with the PDK and discontinue the manual at some pont in favour of the PDK, like everyone else. But no, Porsche is investing fresh money in the manual. This is is a gift for the real fans and driving enthusiasts.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "OH NOES!1!!! what am I going to do with all those gears! I am going to get confused and must always be shifting! No!! 7 is too big of a number. Please let the car do everything for me - the shifting, the driving and especially all the thinking" - the average sky-is-falling Autoblog comment from the other week when the 7-speed manual was officially announced.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Also part at fault is the Autoblog article making such a big deal about the extra cog to row. You get the in-gear accelerative advantages of the same ratios PDK, you lose a little in shift time, but make up a lot in weight and cost savings, and I havent even said the main advantage of a 7 speed manual: Unsurpassed driving enjoyment. If you ever had a traditional 6 speed manual, hitting max speed in 5th or even 4th is common, but a slick shifting close ratio that lets you consume all of 6th gear would be ideal on a track. On the highway, this means a very buzzy and fuel guzzling ride with the engine spinning too high. So now there is the perfect solution to both problems, yet the typical autoblogger still has major beef.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I agree with almost everything you said, especially the part about "driving enjoyment" (!!!), BUT I have to say that I highly doubt you'll ever use 6th (let alone 7th) on a track. I don't know what the RPM/speed range is in those gears, but chances are you wouldn't go even into 5th (which is probably about 150 MPH) on anything but the longest straightaways on any track out there.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          @Hazdaz Even if you can't go near 6th gear on a track, the closer ratios would still give you the edge in high speed acceleration over a widely spaced box where you may find a dead space where you run out of revs in one gear, but the next one is too big a change and you fall out of the power band.
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is why Porsche is a wonderful company. They give you new automatic technology with the PDK and new manual technology with this new 7 speed manual. The best of both worlds for all people. Now if they could just get a car under $30k, I'd be a truly happy person........doubtful I know. :( Side note: The new 911 is sexy for sure......I'm in love. :)
      Dreez28
      • 3 Years Ago
      That video was like a movie trailer. "In a world where six gears are not enough..."
      jgabs69
      • 3 Years Ago
      some "enthusiasts" may feel the manual transmission is dated, but let me tell you: there is nothing dated about the connection between man and machine. That's timeless.
      MStone
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would only get a 911 with a manual gearbox, it just suits the car. However, even if Ferrari offered a manual gearbox on the 458 I think I would still opt for the F1. I think because the 458 strives to be the fastest possible car around a track with its 'manetino' and all of its other electronic nannies it just seems fitting to have the fastest possible gearbox. It would seem a bit silly to have this sports car that is among the most advanced, fastest, sports cars on the planet and then mate it to antiquated technology. The 911 on the other hand is about pure driving enjoyment and that can only truly come with a manual.
      Soyday
      • 2 Years Ago
      Save the Manuals!!
      fivespeeed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm ready for my -15 from overcompensating meatheads! Auto DSG is faster and better. You can moan on about your 'proper' gear box, but I'll take one that shifts faster and smoother than any human ever could. I'd rather drive a GTI and send my kids to college than tool around in a Super Beetle with a 7-level butter churner.
        th0mb0ne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        " I'd rather drive a GTI and send my kids to college than tool around in a Super Beetle with a 7-level butter churner." Only someone's who's never driven a Porsche would say this. Trust me, take one for a spin (new or 30 years old, doesnt matter) and you will be singing a different tune. I have no idea how they do it, but the cars are kind of life changing. I takes about 5 seconds from you to go from 0 to Rearranging your life in order to somehow buy one.
          fivespeeed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @th0mb0ne
          Nicely put. My priorities are fairly solid. I've driven 10 second cars and flown aerobatic airplanes, I kind of doubt I'd justify $150,000 for any car, especially when far greater technology can be had for much, much less. Let me clarify my point: I believe that performance is the combination of man and machine. If I'm an inferior driver, and I can post better times in a dual clutch than someone who is missing shifts in a life-changing clutched Porsche ... I still win.
          RudyH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @th0mb0ne
          @fivespeed What's more fun being a passenger or driver when travelling in a performance car?
        Myself
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        You have my support! DSG is faster - and when you have a sports car or a racing car, the faster IS better. There's a reason why there are no clutch pedals in modern racing cars. Not to mention the fact that DSG are not automatic gearboxes - they do not have torque converters. Yes, they do shift automatically, but they do have a clutch. Two, actually. Then there's heel-toe driving often used on the forum as an argument for manual boxes. Yes, it's fine and it has its place but a) how many of fanboys can actually do that and b) how often do you find it useful in THIS world. Also, most people who drive manual cannot drive it properly. With the amount of Porsches in the London financial district, I think most Porsches owners are not driving enthus anyway. This seven-speed box will result in 10 people having more fun compared with 90 people breaking the gearbox overwhelmed with seven gears as they'd struggle with four anyway. Which means there's a market for 7-speed manual but, sorry guys, they're facing extinction. See, some companies still produce niche electronic typewriters...
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Myself
          The reason why there aren't clutch pedals in modern racing cars is that people have been raised to be sensitive, feminine, disconnected, and afraid of or with soulful and passionate machines like cars. Everyone is a tiny little baby and doesn't want to actually drive their cars. The bigger pu$$es are the heads of ferrari, lamborghini, and the like, who have completely dropped manual options for those of us who were raised without fear and can appreciate a real car.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Myself
          Almost all modern day racing cars have a clutch pedal, even if few have a H gated shifter vs a sequential. Even Formula One has clutch paddles, and yes I said paddles.
        J
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        That's okay - not everyone is up for the challenge of rowing through the gears - besides, who wants to row through gears and keep focused on the road when that time can be spent texting while driving?
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is stupid, lets say you shift every 10 mph, by the time you hit final gear your going 70 miles an hour, guess what no highway goes that fast, the speed limit is 65 so you will have to speed to get to final gear and then you get a ticket... sucks for you, I will stick with a 4 speed or a 5, much better geared
        Vega
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Because the US is the only country 911s are sold in...
          lewazzinaroillus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Vega
          what?,..i'm sure you're joking, right vega?!,...hope you're being sarcastic!,...china, not to mention russia, are poised to beat the u.s. as this cars largest markets!
        roller146
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        If you blindly shift every 10 mph, you're missing the entire point of having a manual transmission. Furthermore, the video said 6th gear has more power and 7th has better fuel efficiency for long drives. 4 speed manuals are completely obsolete and if 5 speeds are still in production, they won't be for very much longer.
        Noah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        People who buy performance vehicles do not give a flying f*ck about speed limits. They care about speed surveillance countermeasures, and enjoying their toys... not playing into to silly arbitrary speed rules for the masses.
        the wheelerZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        No, your totally right. But forget the 4 speed. The 83 Olds Delta 88 I used to drive with its 3 speed auto was pretty much always in the right gear. So much nicer.
        JKw0nM4n
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        lol, but you won't get a ticket til you hit 75. Most people drive 75-80 on 65 zone freeways around here (LA) anyways.
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        lol... you know this car is German, right? WTF is a speed limit!?!?! =)
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        The wonderful thing about a manual is you could enter a highway entrance ramp in 3rd gear, accelerate partway from 3rd and 4th to get up to speed and merge (whatever the speed limit is...or much higher), then shift directly into your top gear, be it 5th, 6th or even 7th. Can't skip gears too easily in a paddle shift or automatically, so they would make more unnecessary shifts than a manual.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        [blocked]
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you, Porsche. One of the only companies out there still putting time and effort into development for manual gearboxes. For those of you who say it's a gimmick or a publicity stunt -- treat it like a 6-speed and add a "setting" for improved fuel economy. People said a hybrid supercar was gimmicky, but got shut down when they found out it had 718hp. Features like this aren't gimmicky, they set the bar for all future sports cars...what Porsche is all about.
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TokyoRemix
        Similar to the Corvette - which tops out in 5th gear and uses 6th for a few extra MPGs. I regularly see 290-30mpg cruising 80mph in my C5. I don't mind lugging around the extra weight of another gear if it saves me some coin at the pump. Porsche is just taking that same idea one step further- this way you get 6 gear to go fast
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TokyoRemix
        i bet you $5,000,000,000,000,000,000,100 it won't surpass 26 mpg (1 more than the 997 Carrera S with the manny). now, at 90 mph, you will probably see a larger gain in fuel efficiency.. sooo if you live in germany, this is a great car to buy! it's just not necessary... the same 1 mpg, or maybe even 2 mpg, gain is achievable with a 6 speed where 6 is tall... like dozens of other 6 speeds throughout the world..
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          [blocked]
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      screw manual transmissions.
        The Comeback Kid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        And you say this because you do not know or have never driven a manual?
          A B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Comeback Kid
          It's the equivalent of "can't be bothered to learn" or tried to learn, but gave up only after buying a manual sports car to show off in. So they call manuals inferior and magically they can live with their inability to drive one
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        You'll probably be more comfortable here: knittingblog.com because real car enthusiasts prefer manuals.
          Ernie Mccracken
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Isn't it fun getting stupid people all riled up over nothing? Nobody cares if you or anybody else prefers manuals or automatics, I just like to piss you crazy fools off. : )
        Franco
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        I bet you don't even know how to drive stick.
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