Alarmingly, there are already eight versions of the new 992-generation Porsche 911. Eight! There’s the rear-wheel-drive Carrera, the four-wheel drive one, then the faster ‘S’ version of both of those...and that’s just the hardtops. Porsche also sell Cabriolet versions of the whole lot.
So, there’s a 911 for everyone then? Not so. Not if you’re a proper, pucker, unashamed Driving Enthusiast. Do the words ‘heel and toe’ make you think of downshifts rather than dance moves? Do you own polo shirts with car logos embroidered on the chest? Then at last, here’s your version of the new 911. It’s the manual, people.
Actually, we’re rather pleased the stick-shift has come along, because the new 911 is so fast, Top Gear already prefers the standard 382hp Carrera to the frighteningly rapid 444hp Carrera S. Which is why we’re not at all bothered by the seven-speed manual making the car slower. That’s actually good news.
Porsche has announced that the 911 Carrera S manual is good for 0-100kph in “around four seconds” and a top speed of over 305kph. Unusually vague, for Porsche. Either way, you’re talking about a half-second delay in getting to 100kph, and a 1.6kph Vmax deficit. Nothing worth sulking over.
The three-pedal 911 is also a bit lighter: 1,495kg plays 1,515kg. Porsche throws in the Sports Chrono pack as standard, too, so you get engine mounts that stiffen up as you drive harder, a locking rear differential with torque-vectoring, and a rev-blip downshift mode if you’re a secretly uncoordinated Driving Enthusiast.
There’s only one problem: the price. The price is the same as the PDK version. In the old days, the manual was the standard 911 and you had to pay more to get the (admittedly spectacular) PDK ’box.
But now, like the 911 GT3, it’s a no-cost choice. Apparently, the previous-gen 911 was actually cheaper to buy on finance when you spec’d the PDK, because although it was a costly option, the car depreciated more slowly. So, the manual will remain a rare-groove choice, but one that we’re glad exists. You’ll miss ’em when they’re gone...won’t you?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.