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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Finally Available with Seven-Speed Manual

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Finally Available with Seven-Speed Manual
  • the new 992-generation porsche 911 is finally available to order with a manual transmission.
  • the seven-speed gearbox will be offered initially on carrera s and 4s coupe and convertible models.
  • the manual is a no-cost option, replacing the standard 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    though many sports cars are now automatic-only, porsche is sticking to its guns and continuing to offer a manual transmission on the new 992-generation 911 sports car (#savethemanuals). the seven-speed manual is now available to order on 2020 porsche 911 carrera s and 4s models in both coupe and cabriolet body styles, and it's a no-cost option over the standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, or pdk in porsche speak.

    porsche kindly includes the sport chrono package as standard on all manual-transmission models; this package ordinarily costs $2720 extra. for the manual car, the package includes a rev-matching function in addition to dynamic powertrain mounts, a competition mode for the stability control, and a steering-wheel-mounted driving mode switch.

    the manual-equipped 911 also uses a conventional limited-slip rear differential as opposed to the electronically controlled limited-slip diff paired with the pdk auto. opting for the manual saves a claimed 84 pounds compared to the pdk. we don't know if the manual transmission will affect engine output for the carrera s's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine.

    porsche quotes a slower zero-to-60 mph time for the manual car compared with the pdk, claiming the carrera s with the seven-speed does the deed in 4 seconds. we think it will be a bit quicker than that. (the carrera s pdk we tested went from zero to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds.)