Porsche remains highly committed to keeping the manual transmission alive, especially in the US market. “Traditionally, the interest of US-based Porsche customers in manual transmissions has been healthy,” said Frank Wiesmann, Manager of Product Communications for Porsche Cars North America.
All 2020 model year and later Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S models (Coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa) can be ordered with a seven-speed manual at no extra charge, replacing the eight-speed PDK. “Over 20% of our customers in the US are choosing to do so, which is consistent with what we have seen in the last number of years,” Wiesmann confirmed.
The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman also offer six-speed manual options on all trim levels from the base 300-horsepower variants up to the special Spyder and GT4 models. “With the addition of the latest 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder, and 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS 4.0 models, where the customer interest in rowing your own gears has traditionally been higher due to the particularly engaging and purist character of the cars, we are seeing over a third of all 718 buyers in the US choose the standard manual transmission.”