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2012 Porsche 911 seven-speed manual layout revealed?

 2012 Porsche 911 seven-speed manual layout revealed?
Porsche 911 seven-speed manual rendering - 6.7.2011 / Autobild.de

Harbinger of things to come?

If you were intrigued by reports the 2012 Porsche 911 would feature a seven-speed manual, here's what the layout will look like according to AutoBild.

While the image is photoshopped, the publication says we can expect a fairly traditional layout with the seventh gear added on the top right. This should make the change pretty easy to get used to, but it still seems somewhat curious that Porsche had to add an extra cog to eke out an additional mpg or two for the motorway.

So what do you think, is the seven-speed manual the harbinger of things to come or should we just stick with six-speed units? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Autobild via Jalopnik

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Comments (34)

 997TT 997TT
Seems logical enough, we can see from the 5 gear tranny from the older days, and progressing to the 6 gearsnof today just extending the H pattern. Potentially 8 gears looks to be coming closer and now it can be implemented to the Manual box.
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July 8, 2011 12:44 am
 RODHA RODHA
@saytamaner--I'm not sure why people are trying to judge me but you should be open minded for different thoughts. I don't care if you are a fan of manuel gear boxes or not so you shouldn't care about my taste. Besides mercedes F100 concept has been revealed in 1991, which you are unaware of, and includes many advancements as a showcase. Joysticks are deffinetly not a porper replacement for the steering wheels (because of maneuverability) but obviously there will be a proper resplacement when it is invented. And yes I will be the first to backup a new technology. If the industry had followed your point of view, we would still be driving cars with drum brakes and huge steering wheels right???
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July 7, 2011 8:38 am
 Sacto8780 Sacto8780
While it sounds like a good idea, here's the problem: Porsche's own testing with their own Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch paddle-shift gearbox shows that they can lap Nürburgring _faster_ than a conventional six-speed manual, thanks to no more time wasted constantly pressing the clutch pedal before changing gears. This has been confirmed by PDK-equipped versions of the Cayman and 911 Turbo. Why do you think Ferrari now uses their own dual-clutch gearbox on essentially every new model since the California hardtop convertible?
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July 7, 2011 7:46 am
 RODHA RODHA
@LBento No, actually I have got nothing to do with the States. I'm just a pure enthusiast of automotive and technology. I simply don't like old and technically outdated stuff. Besides, I agree with "MadAboutCars" about mis shifting. There is no possbile way to use a 7 speed shifter swiftly.
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July 7, 2011 5:12 am
 MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
This layout is a complete failure, a potential mis shift from 4 to 7 could occur. 1 and 2 should be sequentially on the same line or 6 and 7 rather
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July 7, 2011 4:03 am
 RODHA RODHA
"So what do you think, is the seven-speed manual the harbinger of things to come or should we just stick with six-speed units? Let us know in the comments below." Neither of them. I think we should get rid of the manual transmissions as soon as possible. Nobody please complains about the pleasure of the conventional shifting. Even Ferrari has left the manual transmissions behind altough they were the best in the market. I belevie that flapy pedal shifting is much more fun and precise when coupled with multi-clutch gearboxes.
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July 7, 2011 3:32 am
 thethirdjq thethirdjq
It would be nice if it was a tall gear, not needed but there, to be used at speed and really increased the mpg.
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July 6, 2011 9:59 pm
 EMBJATI85 EMBJATI85
i like this idea porsche is awsome
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July 6, 2011 9:43 pm
 nederinaa nederinaa
Oh crap, one of my cars is still a three speed auto with overdrive! I guess the more powerful and faster a car gets, it deserves an extra ratio. Well done porsche, thank you for saving a three pedal car!
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July 6, 2011 7:08 pm
 HolySteel HolySteel
Miss-shift inc.! (like from 4th into 7th) This is almost as stupid as those on-steering-wheel shifters they used to have.
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July 6, 2011 7:04 pm
 audi_nut audi_nut
hope this is true and other car manufactors foloow suit *Cough AUDI Cough* !!!.
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July 6, 2011 6:42 pm
 mb74 mb74
I would prefer another cog if redline was approaching in 6th, it happens, but I doubt it would happen as much in 7th. Of course this is a little uncouth on public roads. I'm just saying, there have been times in the past for all of us...
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July 6, 2011 5:50 pm
 saytamaner saytamaner
I really don't care if my gearbox has six or seven gears as long as it is manual. I even can live with five gears very happily. Shame on other manufacturers who stopped offering manuals. Shame on the ones who replaced proper handbrake levers with buttons.
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July 6, 2011 5:19 pm
 Artist Artist
i think the purists would love the idea, actually being implemented being a dream come true but to the larger audience this is kind of wierd. i myself prefer manuals but this seems just a proof that they can make it. i mean, who cares about mpg when buying a 911? i guess that if this becomes a success other companys might "borrow" the idea.
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July 6, 2011 4:13 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
that´s why i love Porsche. they are loyal to their old school customers and they don`t forget where they are coming from!
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July 6, 2011 3:20 pm
 eddie eddie
Porsche and BMW seem to be the primary leaders in mass production technology and others follow. I am sure they did their R&D
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July 6, 2011 3:09 pm