Porsche 911 gains manual gearbox option for 2020

Long-awaited seven-speed unit arrives as a no-cost option.

Porsche has released a new seven-speed manual gearbox option for the 992 series 911, which, since launch, has been offered exclusively with an eight-speed PDK automatic.

Both the mid-range Carrera S and top-spec 4S, in Coupé and Cabriolet guises, can be equipped with the manual gearbox, with no word on whether it will be soon made available on the entry-level Carrera variant.

The manual gearbox is being offered to European buyers from Q3 this years as a no-cost option, with Australian enthusiasts likely to wait until Q4 where it will again likely be a no-cost option. Choosing it also brings the firm’s Sport Chrono package, which includes uprated engine mounts, a sport suspension setting, rev-match function and steering wheel-mounted drive mode selector. A tyre temperature monitor is also equipped as standard.

As with the old 991-generation 911, the manual-equipped 992 receives a mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring functionality as standard. This replaces the electronically adjustable unit fitted to PDK-equipped models. Porsche’s Innodrive programme – already available on the Panamera and Cayenne – can also now be equipped, which uses navigation data to optimise acceleration and deceleration for distances of up to 3km.

Porsche claims a 0-100km/h time of approximately four seconds and a top speed of 305km/h, with the manual version tipping the scales at 1496kg, at least 9kg less than the automatic model.

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