Purists take note: As long as customers ask for it, Porsche will offer the 911 with a manual transmission. This sigh of relief comes from the mouth of the company's CEO Matthias Muller, speaking with Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie.

The news will undoubtedly come as welcome to those who feared that the smooth-shifting PDK dual-clutch transmission would obviate the availability of a traditional three-pedal stick-shift gearbox. Porsche did, after all, just develop a new seven-speed manual for the new 911, even though the PDK is both smoother and quicker than even the most seasoned heel-and-toer could ever be.

While they were at it, Muller and MacKenzie also confirmed that the new 911 GT3 will remain a manual-only affair, superseding earlier reports and allaying fears that the beloved enthusiasts' favorite would lose a pedal for the clutch in favor of a second automated one.


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      Ellis Freedman
      • 3 Years Ago
      It makes me very happy and somewhat depressed to read this. I feel like the Corvette and the 911 will be the last cars to offer manual transmissions. People's justification for flappy paddles by saying that F1 cars use it and that it contributes to better performance, which is all true, but when seriously thinking about it; out of all the morons that say that, which ones actually push their car to the limit and get the max performance they gawk about so much? Probably less the one percent and the rest simply improve their lap times to Starbucks every morning. I would much rather have a regular 6 speed so I can have a more engaging drive as I could care less about the few milliseconds I would save if I had DCT/PDK. Cars that only come in a manual like the Viper/ZR1 (not singling out Americans cars, they just happen to be among the few raw cars left on this earth) and 911 GT3 , are all pure driver's cars as they are bought for their intended purpose as those cars are simply demonic and are unforgiving. So if a textbook rich boy moron who thinks he's hot stuff because he owns an R-Tronic R8 gets into any three of those; you can bet he would kill himself in a matter of minutes because those cars aren't soft unlike mr. moron's R8, which is a nice car; it's just too calm. Bottom line for me is that DCT/PDK ruin the fun in a car for me and i'm glad Porsche will always be thinking of the true automotive purist. End rant.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Faster or not, a true manual gives us the control we want--I don't give a crap about the slight 0-60 differences.
      g2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      thank you Porsche. This is why you're my favorite
      andyiii
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bravo Porsche! You are now my favorite car company!
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      spark,...i love your comment,..."there is a god,...and he drives a gt3!",...feel the same way,...thank GOD porsche still remembers that some of us actually still like to take part in driving our cars,...so thank you thank you thank you for still making a manny tranny!,...so it is a little slower to 0-60,....so what!,...it least it's the last part of the now computerized driving experience still left to us,...to row the gears,...long may the stick survive!
      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only real car company left, I'm convinced. Still run by people who understand driving, and the way it makes you feel when the car you drive is absolutely and completely connected to you in every way. We're running out of people like that.
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aaaand THAT'S why both my wife and I each bought a Porsche (classics, mind you). Big thumbs-up, Stuttgart. You retain my respect when so many others have squandered it to the Camry-driving masses.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul M
        There is nothing wrong with Camry drivers if they want basic, no-trouble transportation. No fakery in that. It's the poseurs who say they want a German driving machine to be in charge of their destiny, be one with the road, feel the pavement, be in control of their machine... and then buy automatic transmission who make me sick. Sadly, a lot of current BMW leasers are like that.
      Srcn
      • 3 Years Ago
      you're damn right the GT3 will be a strictly three-pedal affair. While it's undoubtedly a full blown performance machine, the GT3's focus has never been on the lowest possible lap times...rather, it is about the involvement and connection with its driver. Bravo, Porsche.
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Muller and MacKenzie also confirmed that the new 911 GT3 will remain a manual-only affair" - who would have thought , there is a God and he drives a 911 GT3.
      MStone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche, I love you.
      tomatoflight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to Porsche. I wouldn't buy a performance car without one. The Mitsu guy said do you want paddles or a true manual on the Evo? Easiest choice ever. Same thing when I one day stroll in for a 911...
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      What ever happened to being "one with the machine?" I feel like a better driver when I can control the gear box. I guess drivers around the world are getting more lazy and less good at driving period......
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