Since the new 992-generation debuted, Porsche has been offering the new 911 with only one transmission option – the 8-speed PDK.
Because of this, most people wondered whether the manual transmission will no longer be offered in the new model. Thankfully, Porsche has announced that the proper stick-shift transmission will be returning to the 992 for the 2020 model year 911 Carrera S and 4S.
What’s great about the new manual transmission option is that Porsche will be offering it at no additional charge, though not at a discount either. Customers can simply select the 7-speed manual option as an alternative to the 8-speed PDK transmission. Aside from the manual option being a no-cost option, vehicles fitted with the stick shift will also come with the Sport Chrono package for free. The package adds dynamic drivetrain mounts, PSM Sport Mode, a rev-match function, and a mode switch on the steering wheel. For reference, those with the PDK transmission need to pay extra for this option.
Similar to the previous-generation 911 Carrera S and 4S models, the manual 911 will also come with a limited-slip differential and Porsche Torque Vectoring. This replaces the electronic limited-slip differential fitted onto PDK-transmission models.
While the manual transmission will be more engaging to drive, the 911s equipped with it won’t be fast as its PDK counterpart. Acceleration from 0 to 97 km/h takes “around 4 seconds”. Meanwhile, top speed is rated at 307 km/h. For comparison, the PDK-equipped Carrera S only takes around 3.3 seconds to go from 0 to 97 km/h.
Thanks to the no extra charge, the price tag of the 911 Carrera S and 4S will remain the same. It is available in both the Coupe and Cabriolet variants as well. Unfortunately, it is still uncertain whether the entry-level 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 will be getting the manual option as well. Hopefully, we do get to see a proper stick shift in the more potent GT3 version as well.