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

 2012 Porsche 911 will feature a 7-speed manual gearbox - report
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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Comments (10)

 HEMI426 HEMI426
Sounds good, would be a world-first I guess.
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June 2, 2011 10:36 am
 GSS5 GSS5
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.
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June 1, 2011 7:34 pm
 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
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June 1, 2011 6:09 pm
 EMBJATI85 EMBJATI85
im glad they keep the manual this is why i adore porsche they keep it simple
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June 1, 2011 1:52 pm
 MAB MAB
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?
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June 1, 2011 1:38 pm
 BushMaster BushMaster
A dog-leg 1st gear, interested to how many drivers would be miss-shifting on these gearboxes.
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June 1, 2011 1:37 pm
 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.
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June 1, 2011 1:34 pm
 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...
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June 1, 2011 12:39 pm
 danteskov danteskov
wow... can't wait to try it... I can't imagine how it will work on a car...
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June 1, 2011 11:29 am
 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.
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June 1, 2011 11:09 am