Porsche is giving enthusiasts a treat for Halloween as the company has confirmed the 2020 911 will be offered with a seven-speed manual transmission.
The DIY gearbox will be a no-cost option on a handful of models including the 911 Carrera S and 4S Coupe and Cabriolet. It remains unclear if the manual will eventually be offered on the entry-level Carrera, but fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as they’ll have an alternative to the eight-speed PDK transmission.
However, drivers will have to pay a performance penalty as Porsche said the manual 911 Carrera S will require approximately four seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h). That’s quite a bit slower than the PDK variant which can run from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 3.3 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.
Thankfully, the top speed isn’t affected as Porsche said the car can exceed 190 mph (306 km/h). That’s on par with the PDK variant which tops out at 191 mph (307 km/h).
Another positive is the curb weight falls to 3,298 lbs (1,496 kg). This means the manual variant is 84 lbs (38.1 kg) lighter than the PDK model.
Putting performance specs aside for a moment, manual 911s will come standard with the Sport Chrono Package that includes dynamic drivetrain mounts, a rev-matching function and a PSM Sport mode. The cars will also have a mechanical limited-slip differential with a torque vectoring function.
The cars are currently available to order and are slated to arrive in US dealerships next spring. Pricing starts at $113,300 for the 911 Carrera S manual, while the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet will retail for $133,400 – excluding a $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee.