Many Porsche fans are heaving sighs of relief right now.
Porsche's automatic PDK transmission will perform better than even the slickest and most skilled driver with a manual transmission. This is an undeniable, inescapable, and scientifically provable fact. There's a reason race car drivers don't row their own gears unless the race series demands it. It's because automatic shifting transmissions are faster in every way.
However, we're not all race car drivers, and there's a tremendous amount of joy to be had from doing the three-pedal shuffle on a back road. This is something Porsche understands and is making sure people can choose how they enjoy their 911.
Porsche has announced that a seven-speed manual is now available to order on 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S models. It's available on both coupe and cabriolet body styles, and as a no-cost option over the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic PDK transmission. That's a pretty sweet deal for the purists, but Porsche hasn't ended it there.
The $2,720 Sport Chrono package is included with manual optioned models and, along with sport mode, a driving mode switch on the steering wheel, and dynamic drivetrain mounts, manual optioned cars also get an automatic rev-matching function.
Like the previous generation 911 Carrera S and 4S models, the manual transmission versions also come with a mechanical limited-slip differential that replaces the electronically controlled limited-slip unit that is standard on PDK equipped models.
According to Porsche, the 911 Carrera S with the manual transmission is a little slower than the PDK version, and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in around 4 seconds, despite an 84-pound weight saving. We doubt people wanting the manual option will care, though.
The manual optioned models can be ordered now and are expected to start reaching US dealerships in the spring of 2020. Porsche promises more detailed specifications before they come to market.