Porsche 911 now offered with manual gearbox

The Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S get a choice of gearboxes and new options

  • Seven-speed manual gearbox is a no-cost option
  • Slightly slower acceleration compared to automatic
  • New paint colours and options added

You can now order selected Porsche 911 models with a seven-speed manual gearbox. The new gearbox is available on the 444bhp Carrera S and Carrera 4S versions, and can be ordered at no extra cost instead of the standard eight-speed PDK automatic.

Seven-speed manual gearboxes are rare; besides the Aston Martin Vantage AMR revealed in 2019, few cars have ever had one. The 911’s main rivals - including the Jaguar F-Type, BMW 8 Series and Lexus LC - only come with automatic gearboxes. Adding a manual gearbox will please purists, but it’s still likely to be a niche choice given how good the automatic is.

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Porsche 911s with a manual gearbox also get the Sport Chrono package as standard, which includes rev-matching, four driving modes, a limited-slip differential, a torque vectoring system and dynamic engine mounts. The manual gearbox is 45kg lighter than the automatic, but manual cars are half a second slower from 0-62mph, taking 4.2 seconds instead of 3.7. The car’s top speed of 191mph is unchanged.

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In updating the 911 for 2020, Porsche has also added new optional extras. You can now spec lightweight insulating glass, an extended ambient lighting package (£354), a unique ‘930’ leather package (£926) and a striking Python Green paint colour (£1,919).

Porsche’s InnoDrive adaptive cruise control system can be ordered on the 911 for the first time on models with the eight-speed auto. The £1,818 optional extra scans the road and navigation data for up to a mile ahead of the car, and it can then set the driving speed for you - slowing down for roundabouts and speed limit zones. There’s also a new nose-lifting system called Smartlift for £1,709, which raises the front end to go over speed bumps. It saves speed bump locations, and can automatically adjust the nose height next time you travel the same way.

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