Are you ready to sacrifice acceleration for stick and three-pedal fun?

The 2020 Porsche 911 is finally available with a manual transmission instead of the eight-speed automatic. There is a catch, however, as the seven-speed manual transmission is only available in the Carrera S and Carrera 4S models (in both coupe and cabriolet versions).

The 992-Gen’s Manual Transmission is Aim at Purists

You Can Now Order Your 2020 Porsche 911 With a Manual Transmission, But Only If You Pick the Right Trim
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Manual transmissions are slowly dying as more and more vehicles are equipped with automatics. High-performance cars go through the same changes nowadays, as automatic gearboxes deliver better acceleration and improve efficiency — an upsetting fact for purists, who have increasingly fewer manual cars to choose from. Fortunately, Porsche wants to keep this tradition alive for a while longer and developed a manual transmission that’s more than suitable for the new 911. An evolution of the previous seven-speed manual, this gearbox provides a more engaging driving experience, although it’s notably slower to 60 mph.

Equipping your 992-gen 911 With a Manual Transmission Sacrifices acceleration

You Can Now Order Your 2020 Porsche 911 With a Manual Transmission, But Only If You Pick the Right Trim
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The manually-equipped 911 Carrera S accelerates to 60 mph in around four seconds

Porsche says that the manually-equipped 911 Carrera S accelerates to 60 mph in around four seconds. That’s a half-second slower than the same model but fitted with the PDK. It’s a notable difference in today’s performance world, but far from surprising given the quick-shifting abilities of the PDK. But since the manual version comes with the Sport Chrono option as standard, we also need to compare it with the Sport Chrono PDK model. This version hits 60 mph in 3.3 clicks, so the actual difference is of 0.7 seconds.

Porsche didn’t release figures for the Carrera 4S, but the AWD model should be a tenth-second quicker and reach the benchmark in 3.9 seconds. Compared to the Carrera 4S with PDK and Sport Chrono, it’s also 0.7 seconds slower.

Top speed for the 911 Carrera S with the manual transmission is rated at 190 mph. That’s just one mph slower than the PDK variant. Again, figures for the Carrera 4S are still a mystery, but this model should be able to hit 189 mph, one mph slower than the Carrera 4S with PDK and Sport Chrono.

The Sport Chrono Package is Standard on 911 Models Equipped With the Manual Transmission

You Can Now Order Your 2020 Porsche 911 With a Manual Transmission, But Only If You Pick the Right Trim
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Usually an option on most trims, the Sport Chrono comes standard on 911 Carrera S models selected with the seven-speed manual transmission. This bundle adds some key features and increases performance. First up. It adds a mode switch on the steering wheel. A feature borrowed from the 918 Spyder, it enables you to choose between four settings, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual, without having to take your hands off the steering wheel.

The package also adds dynamic engine mounts, which minimize drivetrain vibration through an electronically controlled system. It enhances both driving comfort and driving stability. It also adds a PSM Sport mode, a rev-matching function, and the Porsche Track Precision App. The latter enables you to clock lap times, compare driving stats, and manage results on your smartphone. You can also share them with other drivers for comparison.

The Manual-Equipped 911 is the lightest you can buy

You Can Now Order Your 2020 Porsche 911 With a Manual Transmission, But Only If You Pick the Right Trim
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The manual transmission shaves off a few pounds of the 992-generation 911. The Carrera S coupe fitted with the seven-speed manual tips the scales at 3,298 pounds, which makes it the lightest 911 available as of 2019. That’s 20 pounds lighter than the lightest PDK-equipped 911 and nothing to sneeze at if you’re planning on taking your coupe to the race track.

Porsche Won’t Charge you Extra For a 911 with a manual transmission

You Can Now Order Your 2020 Porsche 911 With a Manual Transmission, But Only If You Pick the Right Trim
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The good news is that the seven-speed manual doesn’t cost more than the PDK, despite being an optional feature. The 911 Carrera S fitted with the manual gearbox starts from $113,300, which is identical to its PDK sibling. Porsche also revealed pricing for the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with a manual at $133,400. Again, this is identical to the same car fitted with the PDK automatic.

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