Car manufacturers have spent much of the last decade telling us that dual-clutch “manumatic” transmissions are the way of the future, that they can shift more quickly than a human driving a stickshift, and that their computerized controls help reduce fuel consumption.
While all of these things may be true, it doesn’t change the fact that many driving enthusiasts—including the ones who keep this place ticking along—still prefer a true, three-pedal manual transmission to any gearbox that does the work for you.
For Save the Manuals types, Porsche is apparently planning a driver-focused 911 GT variant that will be built around that holy grail of driver involvement, a manual transmission.
It’s not like you can’t get a 911 with a stickshift; the idea here is that this future model would put one in a car based on the 911 GT3 that would share that car’s high-revving, naturally-aspirated flat-six motor, but not its wide-body sheetmetal.
If this comes to be, it’ll be a welcome change for fans of fast Porsches dismayed by the lack of a manual option in the latest GT3, and standard-grade 911’s gradual transition from sports car to grand tourer. Expect the 911 GT to follow in the footsteps of the Cayman GT4 in its dedication to the art of the manual transmission.