Since launch, you’ve only been able to order the 2020 Porsche 911 with its new eight-speed PDK transmission — but not anymore. Yes, manual fans, the three-pedal option is finally available as an no-cost “alternative” to the standard dual-clutch unit.
You don’t save any money opting for the manual, but you do get some extra goodies as Porsche does include the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment on the manual version. That includes Porsche’s Dynamic Drivetrain Mounts, rev matching, and a drive mode switch on the steering wheel to change between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual settings. Manual versions of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S get a standard mechanical limited-slip differential. As with the previous 991 generation, the PDK gets a fully variable, electronically-controlled LSD instead.
One caveat to the manual option is that Porsche has only announced it for the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S models. There’s currently no word on the option making its way to the standard Carrera model, which starts at $98,750 (including desitnation). As it happens, the cheapest current option for the seven-speed gearbox is the $114,750 Carrera S coupe.
Like the PDK-equipped Carrera S, the manual version can still reach over 190 mph. It still has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six putting out 443 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. However, it’s 0-60 time is predictably slower. Instead of a 3.3 second time with the Sport Chrono Package, the three-pedal option is capable of a 4.0-second 0-60 time, according to Porsche. Even so, a slight drop in acceleration is worth it just to offer an actual shifter, at least for some.
Manual-equipped 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S models should hit U.S. dealers next spring.