Porsche To Have Naturally-Aspirated Engines And Stick Shifts For At Least Another Decade

Fans of naturally-aspirated engines and manual transmissions can rejoice in the knowledge that, Porsche intends on continuing to produce both for at least the next decade.

During the recent launch of the new Porsche Cayman GT4, Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger told Which Car that driving a naturally-aspirated car with a manual transmission is “like medicine” in defending the importance of such vehicles.

“I think we have an advantage in the market over the competition because everybody has skipped and deleted the atmospheric engine and deleted even the manual gearbox,” he said.

“That’s a mistake! Because if you look at the take rates on the GT model side, in some markets half of the cars are manual and everybody is longing for a car like this with a normally aspirated, high revving engine. It’s not an A-to-B means of transportation. It’s something you do for yourself, it’s something you do for pleasure and in that case it’s a healthy car, it’s like medicine because everybody is grinning and that’s healthy,” Preuninger added.

For what it’s worth, Porsche did (controversially) abandon the manual transmission in what is perhaps its most iconic GT model, the Porsche 911 GT3, back in the car’s 991-generation. However, the German car manufacturer learned from its mistake and soon brought it back.

Preuninger believes that Porsche’s GT models will exist harmoniously with other vehicles in the company’s range, most notably the all-electric Porsche Taycan. The duo may seem at odds with each other but the executive thinks it is important Porsche caters for all kinds of customers, from those that want electric vehicles through “to the hardcore enthusiasts as well.”

 

  • SteersUright

    Thank the lord somebody still knows how to build proper sports cars. Also, just love the new GT4 and especially the Spyder! Wish the interiors saw a bit more a of an update though, starting to show their age.

  • Porkopolis

    Ten years of M/T and NA? Pruninger certainly sounds like a true car guy, but I also remember the guy from Ferrari saying they’d never build an SUV…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      …and Ferrari still does not have an SUV. Even with the URUS I don’t think Ferrari will. The LM02 was one of the main impetus for Lambo crossing into that world. Ferrari has none.

  • nastinupe

    Thank God… this article will keep GT prices lower. No more speculation that “this is it” every iteration.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Well, obviously. The 911R is proof that people want pure sports cars. Yes, you have to continue to further technology with turbos and fast automatics, but the simple, NA engine and a 6 speed manual is about as pure as you can get and should live on forever. Whoever decides to keep them going will never be out of business. BMW, hope you are listening, re: no manual 3 series

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