2012 Porsche 911 will feature a 7-speed manual gearbox - report

2012 Porsche 911 Nürburgring testing 29.03.2011
2012 Porsche 911 Nürburgring testing 29.03.2011 / Copyright SB-Medien

Longer seventh gear will help improve fuel-economy and reduce engine noise on lengthy cruises

According to Car & Driver, the next-generation Porsche 911 will feature a newly developed 7-speed manual gearbox.

Sources at Porsche have confirmed the story to the U.S. auto magazine.

The new 7-speed transmission is meant to improve fuel-economy and reduce engine noise by means of a long seventh gear.

The news may take Porsche enthusiasts aback, particularly those accustomed to the 6-speed manual gearbox.

The gear ratios may have to be altered and those Porsche drivers may have to adapt to the new settings but it is likely the first six gears will still closely match the current 6-speed manual's ratios.

The next-generation Porsche 911 will debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Source: Car & Driver

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Sounds good, would be a world-first I guess.
Jun 2nd, 2011 5:36pm
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Sounds awesome. I have been waiting for this for a long time. Thank you Porsche for investing in the innovation of manual transmissions while other pansy ass automakers are cutting off the option of true manual gearboxes.
Jun 2nd, 2011 2:34am
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Biz Biz
You'll be able to spot a 2012 Porsche owner a mile off.........big forearm and leg from all the clowning around changing cogs! Have a laugh
Jun 2nd, 2011 1:09am
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im glad they keep the manual this is why i adore porsche they keep it simple
Jun 1st, 2011 8:52pm
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Nissan is planning a 26-gear manual transmission for its next GT-R. Unfortunately, the car no longer has room for a passenger seat and will only hold one person. It is to be monikered the GT-R SpecHuh?
Jun 1st, 2011 8:38pm
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BushMaster BushMaster
A dog-leg 1st gear, interested to how many drivers would be miss-shifting on these gearboxes.
Jun 1st, 2011 8:37pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
the good thing about this news is that finally a carmaker is investing in the future of manuals and not only automatics, thx. Porsche.
Jun 1st, 2011 8:34pm
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LostPassword LostPassword
This rumour came up a few months ago, and I pooh-poohed it. Just another gearbox- "mines got more speeds than yours" -war. Just like the autos are having - 7 ratios, now 8, Merc' are going to do 9. Its all slightly mad...
Jun 1st, 2011 7:39pm
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danteskov danteskov
wow... can't wait to try it... I can't imagine how it will work on a car...
Jun 1st, 2011 6:29pm
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
Ah finally there is a possibility of such product. I've been wondering for years and years since I first saw manual gearboxes of coaches and trucks about the possibility of such thing. Probably modern engnies have good enough powerband to have little gears.
Jun 1st, 2011 6:09pm
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