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Porsche Engineer Predicts Demise Of Manual 911s

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When Porsche introduced its latest-generation 991-series 911, the automaker also brought to the table an innovative seven-speed, three-pedal manual transmission.

Surely, then, the automaker believes that the conventional manual transmission has a secure place in its future, but it seems that may not be the case.

Just as rival sports car brands Ferrari and Lamborghini phase out the availability of manual transmissions in their latest models, so too may Porsche in the near future.

The information was revealed by Michael Schätzle, a project manager for the new 911, who spoke recently with Automobile.

He said that he personally believed the manual option on the 911 would only last for “one or two generations,” suggesting that it may be phased out by the end of the decade. He explained that globally, 78 percent of 911 buyers choose the PDK dual-clutch option over the manual, though in the U.S. that figure is only around half of all orders.

It’s important to note that one of the reasons Porsche launched the latest seven-speed manual was due to the cost benefit of it sharing much in common with the seven-speed PDK. That benefit may not last much longer as Porsche is studying a new nine-speed PDK, Schätzle also revealed, and it’s unlikely that such a unit would share much in common with a conventional manual.

The first signs of the manual’s demise at Porsche may come with the arrival of the 2013 911 GT3. This traditionally hardcore 911 variant is expected to offer a special race-tuned ‘PDK-S’ dual-clutch instead of a manual for the first time.
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  1. LONG LIVE MANUAL TRANSMISSION!!!! I HATE IT THAT A MAJORITY OF THESE CARS DO NOT COME IN MANUAL!!!! AUTOMATIC, PDK, AND TIPTRONIC AND ETC ARE FOR SOCCER MOMS, ROOKIES DRIVERS, NON-GENTIAL HAVING MALES WHO CAN'T DRIVE, CONJESTED CITY DRIVERS SUCH AS DRIVING IN MANHATTAN, NOT NYC AS A WHOLE, AND VIDEO GAME DRIVERS!! WHY TAKE THE EXPERIENCE OUT OF DRIVING BE DISCONTINUING THE USE OF MANUAL TRANSMISSION. AS A MILITARY MAN IM ALL ABOUT AMERICAN CARS BUT EVEN THE DODGE CHARGER WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT! AND WHEN IT COMES TO LUXURY I'LL TAKE AN ASTON MARTIN OVER A BENTLEY BECAUSE OF MANUAL TRANSMISSION! I HOPE THESE CAR COMPANIES COME TO THEIR SENSES!!!
     
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  2. Everton, when the majority of people are clammoring for a PDK / Auto transmission there is no need for the auto companies to waste the R&D $$'s on upgrading the manula for the next gen cars. just simple maths. Whilst i bemoan the lack of a slush box on alot of cars , the PDK of Porsche and paddle shifters of the Ferrari make thhem far cleaner cars to drive and allow the driver to concentrate on keeping what are very very fast cars on the road
     
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  3. Ok, but who said Astons and Porsches are "rational" products? Long live manual transmissions!!
     
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  4. if you want to get down to brass tacks, any car that isnt jsut a point to point buzz box is an irational purchase. Why is it that we arent all driving some $2k car from India instead of pining for something far more exotic from Europe? its all emotive, what gets you im sure is the idea of feeling the engine through the gear shifter while the steering wheel forces you to hold tight whilst slamming down a deserted highway. cars like that a few and far between for sure, but in the grand scheme of things its jsut cheaper all round to cater for the 70% of people who want the auto box than trying to develop a manual that can handle the ever increasing power or technological green demands placed on it !
     
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