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Porsche Puts Two More Nails in the Manual Transmission’s Coffin


You can scratch that last one from the list. Porsche has introduced two new 911s – its flagship Turbo and track-focused GT3 – with a glaring omission in the options list: a manual gearbox.

While the decision not to include a row-your-own option on the Turbo is in line with the land rocket’s grand touring demeanor, the lack of a manual on the weapons-grade GT3 has enthusiasts up in arms. But it’s a trend that’s been playing out in the world of high-end sports cars for the better part of a decade. The fact of the matter is, fewer and fewer people are all too happy to have a computer shift gears for them. Case in point: When Ferrari last offered a manual gearbox, on the F430, the take-rate was a measly 1 percent. Today, Maranello’s classic chrome-gated shifter is but a memory, as there’s not a manual to be found in the fleet.

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