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Porsche finally gives us manual transmission option for 911 Carrera S and 4S

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Article by Damon Lowney
Photo courtesy Porsche

Today Porsche announced what we've all been waiting for: a manual transmission option for the new 911. Specifically the automaker is now offering a seven-speed manual for the coupe and cabriolet models of the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S with no mention of such a transmission for the base Carreras.

The focus of pairing the manual with the new 911 is obviously not speed, as Porsche conspicuously omits an exact 0-60 miles-per-hour time, simply stating the Carrera S will do it in "around 4 seconds" — still quite quick — and a top speed of "around 190 mph." Porsche says more detailed specifications will be released at a later date.

Cars equipped with a manual transmission — a zero cost option — are paired with Sport Chrono Package, which includes Dynamic Drivetrain Mounts that counteract the twisting forces of the engine when accelerating and decelerating, a Porsche Stability Management Sport mode, auto rev-match function, and a drive mode dial on the steering wheel. A mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring replaces the electronically controlled LSD in PDK automatic transmission-equipped cars.

Curb weight is lower in manual cars, with a Carrera S weighing 3,298 pounds, nearly 100 pounds lighter than a PDK Carrera S, which is 3,382 pounds.

For the enthusiast who doesn't place outright performance as the absolute deciding factor in his or her choice of sports car, the lighter weight and increased involvement in the act of driving should be enticing reasons to choose the new manual option. It even looks more natural with a manual shifter in place of the dainty gear selector in the automatic 911s.

Manual 911s will start reaching dealers in spring 2020. The Carrera S starts at $113,300 and the Carrera 4S at $133,400, not including the $1,350 delivery, processing, and handling fee.

Full Porsche Press Release

Manual transmission announced for 2020 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S Coupe and Cabriolet models

Seven-speed manual transmission option at no extra charge

Atlanta, Georgia. Porsche is announcing the availability of a seven-speed manual transmission for the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S Coupe and Cabriolet models. At no additional charge, customers can select this option as an alternative to the standard 8- speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. The seven-speed manual comes paired with a standard Sport Chrono Package. This package includes Dynamic Drivetrain Mounts, PSM Sport Mode, a rev-match function and the mode switch on the steering wheel which allows the driver to select between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and the customizable Individual mode. As on the previous generation 911 Carrera S and 4S models, the manual transmission versions come with a standard mechanical limited-slip differential including Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), replacing the fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip differential that is standard on the models equipped with PDK.

The manual transmission option combines a particularly engaging driving experience with compelling performance. The 911 Carrera S with manual transmission can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 4 seconds and reach a top track speed of over 190 mph. Curb weight for the new 911 Carrera S Coupe with a manual transmission comes in at 3,298 lb. Detailed specifications will be available before the cars arrive in market.

The seven-speed manual transmission for the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S models can be ordered now. Vehicles equipped with this option are expected to reach U.S. dealers in Spring 2020.

The MSRP for the 2020 911 Carrera S with manual transmission is $113,300, while the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with this option retails for $133,400 – both not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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