The debate probably won't end soon.
You could settle for a base Porsche 911 Carrera, or opt to spend a few bucks more on a Carrera S. Both can be had with a manual transmission. But at the very top of the 911 scale there’s the new GT3 RS. Not the GT3, but the even more formidable RS version. It’s essentially the closest thing that’s street legal to a race car. It makes 500 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six, will go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 193 mph. And it does all that without a manual; a dual-clutch is the sole transmission.
There are heavy doses of weight-saving carbon fiber and magnesium throughout, which help make the 2016 GT3 RS the ultimate 911 you can buy today. Still though, is the manual missed or is it a thing of the past? Motor Trend’s Randy Pobst heads to Germany to find out.