Rumor has it that the next-generation Porsche 911 will not come with a dual-clutch transmission, but with a 7-speed manual one. Now it’s official. The 2012 Porsche 911 gets 7 speed manual transmission.
Moreover, Porsche has officially released a video of exactly how the gearbox works. As expected, engineers opted to use shorter ratios for gears one through six while leaving seventh gear nice and wide. The point is to offer a tall, seventh gear for improved efficiency and reduced engine noise during long cruises.
The design of this manual gearbox is based in principle on that of Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). In addition, a gear indicator in the rev counter reminds you which gear has been selected. The upshift indicator in the instrument cluster helps you actively conserve fuel.
Thanks to the elevated center console, the gear lever is within easy reach — ideal for sporty gear changes.
Starting under the hood, the base Carrera gets a new 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, while the Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter version with 400-hp (up 15-hp). As such, it is the first Porsche sports car to make it below the 200g/km threshold.
The new 911 features a more rounded look than the current one, with a more raked windscreen, bulbous new all-LED headlights, and a smoother front bumper with larger intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights.