Porsche 911 seven-speed manual confirmed?

Hidden in plain sight

A keen-eyed observer has noticed something unusual about the 2012 Porsche 911 teaser video - it apparently shows a seven-speed manual transmission.

If you skip forward to the 1:07 mark, you can catch of glimpse of the gear knob which seems to have five marking up top and three marking down below. This, as you're probably aware, is the same layout that was speculated earlier this month.

Regardless of whether or not our eyes are deceiving us, the redesigned Porsche 911 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Source: Autoblog.nl

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rupash88 rupash88
Aka Porsche 7-11
Jul 22nd, 2011 3:39am
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Skulinex Skulinex
Meh, they are just trying to catch up to semi-trucks, they start at 8 MANUAL gears, and they come in 10, 12, I think the most I've seen is 16 gears ;)
Jul 21st, 2011 11:59pm
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FloPoe FloPoe
Why don't the use a dogleg first gear like in the first M3 so they could do gears 2-7 just like it is now...?
Jul 21st, 2011 5:04pm
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myz911c4s myz911c4s
Why would Porsche want to be like BMW?
Jul 21st, 2011 10:51pm
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M! M!
cos they don't need to be like BMW, and also not to confuse all the owners who have driven their 6 speeds with having the first gear on the bottom.
Jul 22nd, 2011 1:18am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
That was not the layout WCF speculated. Jeez
Jul 21st, 2011 2:15pm
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I'm so glad that manual gearbox isn't left out can't wait to see a 7 Speed gearbox metal gearbox on an Italian supercar, if that ever happens
Jul 21st, 2011 1:51pm
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benzboy benzboy
why would you want this. Jay Leno just drove the SLS Roadster, which I believe is an Auto 7 speed and stated that no human being could shift faster or more accurate than the Auto in that car. so why bother.
Jul 21st, 2011 10:06am
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Mikeado Mikeado
Why bother having a manual? To feel engaged and part of the experience. Porsche are all about that kind of thing. The addition of a 7th ratio is most likely just for cruising, as is mentioned above. Otherwise you use it just like a 6-Speed. Maybe they will shorten the ratios slightly to quicken the acceleration, meaning you'd need 7th for that last 10-15mph of top speed (without hitting the redline), but I'm pretty sure it's an economy gear.
Jul 21st, 2011 12:36pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
For some cars, and not necessarily all, you would want 100% control. That's why
Jul 21st, 2011 2:10pm
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M! M!
the way your thoughts are swayed by mr. jay leno and not on your own tells us that you have not driven a manual. and btw, Mr. Jay Leno loves manual transmission cars. being able to shift quicker than human does not entirely make your driving more pleasurable.
Jul 22nd, 2011 1:16am
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A 7 speed manual transmission!!! It is the most pointless and stupid thing I have ever heard. No body needs a 7 speed manual. No body can ever be happy with a 7 speed manual. Just be honest manual fans; even you can not enjoy shifting 7 endless gears.
Jul 21st, 2011 9:43am
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FredoTuning FredoTuning
hahaha... i kinda agree with you...i think 7 is just too manual tranny
Jul 21st, 2011 9:59am
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fQation fQation
you are missing the point of why - if its true - they added a 7th gear its for fuel consumption ,i read it some where in a Porsche forum .so if you are on track or speed driving i don't think you will use the 7th gear .
Jul 21st, 2011 10:25am
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loki loki
fQation is right. You will barely use 7th. Maybe just on highway cruising or such, but certainly not on track or everyday use.
Jul 21st, 2011 10:42am
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ciapata ciapata
I often catch myself trying to put 7'th gear in.
Jul 21st, 2011 2:21pm
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dcinbc dcinbc
Just a thought, but don't styling departments redo the skins of cars so the marketing people can reinvent them, while the engineers try to make the the cars better. So you would prefer something different every few years and don't like the styling? Lots of choice out there and no shortage of people who would beg to disagree. Looking back at Porsches over the years, I think it's great that they've stuck to improving it for so long, and hope they keep going with the Carrera.
Jul 21st, 2011 7:41am
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Han Solo Han Solo
If it looks exactly like any other Porsche out there...I dont care how many Gears it has...it is still not atractive. Why does all the Porsches look exactly the same year after year...Dont they have a Styling Department over there?
Jul 21st, 2011 6:35am
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schizo schizo
But that's the great thing about the 911! It's an ongoing evolution. The car get's improved with the advance of time. It's like a great building that stands as a monument...a symbol of the city if you will. But the building gets little improvements here and there when new technology is introduced to make itself more functional as a building. That's why it makes the 911 such a special car...and like all things classic and good (there are many examples of things that are still on sale today that is still basically the same design as the day it was introduced...with little improvements here and there) its design spans generations and it is immediately recognizable to many people from many different generations. It's just an acquired taste. Some people want something new something different all the time...some people like things the way they are. There's no right or wrong answer...
Jul 21st, 2011 10:00am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
it´s probably the most iconic shape ever. no damn reason to ruin it!
Jul 22nd, 2011 1:18am
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dayday dayday
Hanssolo58, You probably don't understand what Porsche is all about...Porsche can create or change as many variations of their models as they want, but there is only one model they can never change and that is the 911... it's the same story for Aston Martin...
Jul 23rd, 2011 9:05am
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sensei sensei
Actually, this is the most Cayman looking 911 ever. It is different by 911 standards.
Jul 25th, 2011 4:35am
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