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Are the days of manual Porsche’s numbered?

Posted in auto industry, Best of, European Rides, News, Porsche, Rides by MrAngry | February 8th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Porsche 911 Interior
*Photo Credit: frachelli.com

Man-O-Man… if the rumor mills are true the outstanding Porsche GT3 may be going through some major changes in its next generation. If you’re into Porsche’s then you know that most of them come in one of two ways; either with the traditional 6-speed manual gearbox or Porsche’s quick shifting PDK dual-clutch transmission. Having personally experienced both I have to say that they’re both incredible, with each one having some pro’s and con’s. The PDK for example shifts unbelievably quick and allows you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times. It also makes life a lot easier in traffic. With that being said you’ll have to endure comments from dedicated manual enthusiasts about how you bought an automatic Porsche. On the other hand the 6-speed manual in say, the current GT3 RS is probably one of the greatest manual transmissions I’ve ever experienced. Get stuck in traffic however and you’ll be wishing for relief, as it’s got a heavy clutch that will make you feel like you’ve been at the gym for hours. Personally, I’d go with the manual, but that’s just me.

Porsche Manual Transmission
*Photo Credit: GTCarlot.com

Now a poster over on the Rennlist Forum is reporting that he touched based with one of Porsche’s higher-ups and found out the GT3 may in fact lose the manual option all together in favor of the PDK. There is no word as to if a manual will be offered on the track oriented GT3 RS though. Other items of mention would include that the new GT3 will lose about 200 lbs over the current model and get a bump in power to 480 hp.

You can read the full thread over at Rennlist.com

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3 Responses

  1. Taylor says:

    Just cause you say you’re a dedicated Porsche person doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a driving enthusiast I suppose.

    When it comes to manu-matics in high end cars like Porsche, you expect as thin a line as possible dividing the manu-matic/manual transmissions and they definitely deliver the goods. Now that the technology is properly worked out and the people have accepted it the companies are starting to look at their bottom lines.

    Just proves that the theory of evolution works in many areas other than biological life.

  2. MrAngry says:

    Taylor, you’re absolutely right. My hope is that don’t totally kill off the manual as driving is such an interactive experience, especially in a performance car.