While the standard spec will include the PDK, the seven-speed manual is available as a no cost option
Porsche 911 lovers, of which there are many, have been aching for a manual gearbox on the 992 generation 911 ever since it launched. Say hello to the seven speed manual gearbox, available on the 911 Carrera S and 4S models. The gearbox is available as a no cost option and actually gets some additional benefits in exchange for parting ways with the lightning quick PDK.
The seven-speed manual is the same system as the one in the 991.2 generation cars. Porsche cleverly based the manual gearbox on their PDK Automatic (Porsche Doppelkupplungs getriebe) by using a single input shaft and incorporating a single clutch instead of two.
The manual option is currently not available on the standard Carrera model and can only be specced in the Carrera S and 4S models, both coupe and cabriolet.
The 911 Carrera S and 4S cars specced with the manual option also get the Sport Chrono pack as standard which includes: an auto rev match feature, drive mode selector on the steering wheel and a ‘Sport’ setting on the stability control system. The Sport Chrono pack also includes a chronograph on the dashboard, to keep track of your laptimes. The differences with the PDK specced models don’t end there, the manual cars also get a mechanical limited slip differential as standard as opposed to the optional electronic limited-slip differential coupled with brake based vectoring. The manual 911 Carrera S will sprint to 100kmph in around four seconds, 0.7 seconds slower than the PDK equipped Carrera S, and will go on to hit a top speed north of 300kmph. The slower acceleration times were going to be an obvious tradeoff for involvement. That said the manual cars are 38kg lighter than the automatics.
Manual 911 Carrera S and 4S models can be ordered now in international markets with deliveries starting mid-2020. We will soon know whether this gearbox will make its way to our shores. The PDK-equipped Carrera S costs Rs 1.82 crore, and the manual costs the same should it come here.
We recently drove the 992 911 Carrera S, watch the video.