Traditionally, the manual transmission is the less expensive alternative but this will not be the case with the Porsche 911.
We just wrote a story about BMW opting to offer the manual transmission as an option, for a sum. The logic for this decision is based on the expected lower take rate. Now, Porsche has done something similar where if you prefer three pedals in your Porsche 911’s footwell, you won’t get a “discount.”
Much like the BMW scenario, Porsche has decided to package the manual transmission as, in this case, a no-cost option. The base price for the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, setup with the 8-speed PDK transmission, will be unchanged even if you elect for the manual.
Porsche wisely figured that those who will want to shift themselves more than likely were going to opt for the Sport Chrono package. In the 911, it includes Porsche Suspension Management Sport Mode, the mode wheel on the steering wheel and a mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring. Essentially, the Sport Chrono package is a gift…
One possible reason for the gift is performance. The manual Porsche 911 Carrera S will hit 100 km/h in just over 4 seconds. A PDK-equipped Carrera S manages the same sprint in 3.7 seconds while when graced with Sport Chrono, that number drops to 3.5 seconds. Finally, a non-Sport Chrono PDK 911 Carrera manages the leap in 4.2 seconds.
Quite frankly, we don’t really care about the tenths of a second, we’re just stoked that we might one day again get to drive a 7-speed manual Porsche 911.