Good news for fans of the Porsche 911 that have always preferred to row their own gears.
The Stuttgart-based sports car specialist has just confirmed that the manual gearbox is here to stay, and that it will be be available in both the Carrera S and 4S models. That means if you order a 911 Carrera S or 4S, you can opt for either the 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission or the 7-speed manual gearbox if you order the Sport Chrono Package (SCP).
While the manual is meant to satisfy purists, Porsche claims that overall driving performance will be more engaging as the system can simultaneously alter elements of the chassis, engine, and transmission. SCP also offers an auto rev-match function for quicker and more efficient gear changes. Should drivers prefer to do it the old-school way, the auto-rev function can actually be switched off.
There's also a new tire temperature indicator available for 911s equipped with SCP. First introduced in the 911 Turbo S, the tire temperature indicator works alongside the tire pressure monitoring and provides the driver with real-time temperature monitoring of the tires.
At low temperatures, the blue bars warn the driver of reduced grip due to cold temperatures. As the tires warm-up, the color of the indicator changes to blue-white until it fully changes into white. This indicates that the tires have reached optimal temperatures and maximum grip is now available.
Another important upgrade available on the manual 911 is the inclusion of Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with variable drive torque distribution. During braking, PTV works through controlled braking interventions on the rear wheels and rear mechanical differential for better handling and stability while cornering.
As an added touch to customers that bought a manual 911, Porsche also introduced a new leather package. Simply called 'Leather Package 930', it was first made available on the first-ever 911 Turbo (Type 930). It features quilted seat center panels, quilted door panels, as well as additional extensive leather trim.
Despite automatic transmissions and dual-clutch gearboxes becoming the preferred choice of many for their performance cars, it's nice to see that Porsche is continuing the tradition of offering stick-shift to its customers.