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Don't Worry, The New Porsche 911 Will Definitely Have A Manual Transmission

New spy photos give us a first look inside the 2019 Porsche 911's interior.

It’s certainly been a busy week for Porsche, hasn't it? The German automaker revealed the 2019 GT3 RS, the most powerful naturally aspirated 911 ever and a swansong to the current 991 generation. We were also given a sneak peek of the new 992-generation Porsche 911 for the first time. Not long after Porsche’s official preview, new spy shots of the 2019 911 have emerged. While we’ve already seen the exterior in previous spy shots, this latest batch gives us a first look at the new 911’s interior.

The new 911 GT3 RS won’t be fitted with a traditional manual transmission since the track-focused car is primarily designed for setting lap times. There were worrying rumors that the upcoming 992-generation 911 may also only have a PDK transmission, but we can confirm that this won’t be the case. Look closely at the interior, and you can clearly see the stick shifter inside the prototype 2019 911, so driving enthusiasts will be able to row through the gears the traditional way. The interior looks more hi-tech, too, sporting a much wider infotainment screen than the current model, though it's still smaller than the Panamera’s 12.3-inch screen.

Likewise, the center console has more physical buttons and switches than the Panamera, and the steering wheel appears to be identical to the 911’s sedan sibling. Unlike previous 911s, the central air vents are positioned below the infotainment system. We’ve already seen photos of the new 911 devoid of camouflage, so there’s nothing really new to reveal about the exterior, though this time we're looking at a cabriolet prototype. Expect the 992-gen to look familiar, with subtle changes that make it look more muscular in homage to the original 356 Speedster. Power is expected to come from an upgraded version of the current car’s turbocharged flat-six, providing 630 hp in the range-topping Carrera S.

The flat-six could also be paired with an electric motor in the first-ever plug-in hybrid Porsche 911, which is rumored to pack a combined 485 hp. The 2019 911 will debut in October at the Paris Auto Show, but expect more information to be revealed by Porsche before then now that the first official preview has been released.

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