Porsche 911 gains new seven-speed manual gearbox

Porsche has updated the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S for 2020, adding a new manual gearbox and a host of fresh equipment options

The Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S can now be ordered with a seven-speed manual gearbox in the UK. The transmission is offered as a no-cost option, meaning the two cars retain their respective base-prices of £94,350 and £99,925. First deliveries are expected to arrive this autumn, after the current travel restrictions are lifted.

UK buyers get Porsche’s new seven-speed manual gearbox with the brand’s Sport Chrono package as standard, which adds dynamic engine mounts, an automatic rev-match function and four selectable driving modes. Like the previous-generation manual 911, it’s fitted with a mechanical limited-slip differential and a torque vectoring system.

However, the new manual gearbox has impacted the 911’s performance. Porsche claims the seven-speed Carrera S takes 4.2 seconds to accelerate from 0–62mph, which is marginally slower than the automatic model’s 3.7-second effort. Despite this, both cars share the same 191mph top speed.

Porsche also says that the Carrera S manual is considerably lighter than the standard model, which should help offset the slower gearchanges. By swapping to a less complicated transmission (and losing a gear ratio), Porsche shaved 45kg off the 911’s kerb-weight.

Porsche has also expanded the 911’s options list for 2020, adding a range of technological and cosmetic extras. One of the additions is Porsche’s InnoDrive adaptive cruise control system, which can be specced as a £1,818 optional extra on models fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The InnoDrive system was first introduced on the Panamera and Cayenne – and, as with those cars, it can predictively set the 911’s driving speed for up to a mile in advance, based on traffic and road data gathered from the car’s navigation system. It will also automatically recognise corners, speed limits and roundabouts and adjust the car’s speed accordingly.

Porsche has also introduced a new nose-raising system, called Smartlift. Priced at £1,709, the electrohydraulic system increases the 911’s ground clearance by 40mm at the front axle, allowing it to crest speed bumps without damaging its splitter. The system can also save the speed bump’s location and automatically raise the suspension the next time the vehicle passes over it.

Elsewhere, the Porsche 911 is now available with new lightweight, noise-insulating glass, a seven-colour ambient interior lighting system (£354), a new Python Green paint finish (£1,919) and a unique “930” leather package (£926), which adds quilted replacements for the seat centre panels and door cards.

Are you excited to see the manual Porsche 911 Carrera come to the UK? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

New Porsche 911 GT3 2021 review
Porsche 911 GT3 - front
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 GT3 2021 review

The leaner and meaner Porsche 911 GT3 is a focused track day machine
20 Apr 2021
New hardcore Porsche 911 GT3 unveiled with 503bhp
Porsche 911 GT3 - front
Porsche 911

New hardcore Porsche 911 GT3 unveiled with 503bhp

The latest Porsche 911 GT3 gets a new naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine and will be available with a manual or PDK auto gearbox
16 Feb 2021
Best used sports cars
Porsche 911

Best used sports cars

Our top used sports cars for those looking for a fun but usable second-hand car
6 Jan 2021
Best sports cars 2021
Mazda MX-5

Best sports cars 2021

From the McLaren 570S to Mazda MX-5, these are the 10 sports cars that we think are the best on sale
5 Jan 2021

Most Popular

New Bristol Buccaneer electric car to mark famous brand’s comeback
Bristol
Bristol

New Bristol Buccaneer electric car to mark famous brand’s comeback

Production of the Bristol Buccaneer is set to begin in 2025. Previous Bristol models will be re-engineered with 6.4-litre Hemi V8, and delivered in 20…
7 May 2021
Appreciating cars: classic cars that go up in value
Appreciators: Renault 5
Features

Appreciating cars: classic cars that go up in value

Looking to invest in a modern classic? Here are some cars destined to appreciate in value
4 May 2021
Chinese EV brand NIO enters European market
Nio
Nio

Chinese EV brand NIO enters European market

NIO will soon start selling its electric vehicles, starting in Europe and likely heading to the UK too
6 May 2021