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    • Porsche states popularity of the PDK dual clutch transmission could kill the manual transmission option in the next few years - PDK is coming for the 991 GT3

      It's a sad day for the automotive enthusiast when the friendliest car company to the manual transmission, Porsche, admits that the popularity of the dual clutch transmission offering (PDK) could lead to the death of the manual. Porsche's most hardcore drivers cars such as the GT3 and GT2 can only be had with the a manual transmission for example. With the next generation 2014 991 GT3 however, this is all set to change as the PDK will be available and possibly the only transmission choice.


      The reality is the move to the PDK is a natural one especially when fuel economy and performance are factored in. The shifts of the PDK simply can not be beat by a human being with a manual. Not to mention the PDK dual clutch gearbox is simply more popular. If customers continue to opt for it, the manual will naturally be phased out.

      Porsche R&D vice president Bunno Brandlhuber stated as much, As far as I know the take-up rates of the PDK in the 911 is up to 80 percent and in the Boxster and Cayman it is around 60-70 percent. And it is increasing. Maybe someday the question will come whether we need a manual gearbox anymore. That question may be answered in two years or five years time, but the customer will dictate this for us. There are some Porsche enthusiasts who prefer [a manual gearbox] and we will continue to offer this in the meantime. But we are constantly looking at the customer behaviour and maybe the time will come when the manual transmission is an old style. Maybe one day it will become irrelevant.

      He also confirmed PDK for the 991 GT3 and did not mention if a manual would be an option. A shame to see even the company that debuted the 7-speed manual gearbox admitting that things are trending, at least for them, toward the death of the manual transmission.

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      Comments 11 Comments
      1. mkodama's Avatar
        mkodama -
        It's kind of sad to see manual transmissions on their way out. Yet at the same time, I don't think I'd really want one compared to a good dual clutch transmission. It's hard to say no to faster, smoother gear changes and having the option to leave the car in a fully automatic mode.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mkodama Click here to enlarge
        It's kind of sad to see manual transmissions on their way out. Yet at the same time, I don't think I'd really want one compared to a good dual clutch transmission. It's hard to say no to faster, smoother gear changes and having the option to leave the car in a fully automatic mode.
        I still want them to give us the option. I don't see why it has to be one or the other.
      1. oddjob2021's Avatar
        oddjob2021 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I don't see why it has to be one or the other.
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by oddjob2021 Click here to enlarge
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        Yep but it doesn't HAVE to be one or the other...
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        I'd like to see Porsche do a rev matching manual. But at the end of the day, the manual gearbox is nothing but nostalgia if you are really interested in performance.
      1. ajm8127's Avatar
        ajm8127 -
        Clutches are a lot easier to replace and upgrade on a car equipped with a manual transmission.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
        Clutches are a lot easier to replace and upgrade on a car equipped with a manual transmission.
        And a manual transmission also makes it more likely for the driver to damage the clutch. With the PDK, driver error is taken out of the equation giving a much longer service life and better performance. Kind of a no brainer if your looking for longevity and performance.
      1. ajm8127's Avatar
        ajm8127 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
        And a manual transmission also makes it more likely for the driver to damage the clutch. With the PDK, driver error is taken out of the equation giving a much longer service life and better performance. Kind of a no brainer if your looking for longevity and performance.
        Right, but someone who knows how to operate a manual transmission and likes to modify their car will reach a point were the stock setup is no longer adequate, and swapping out a clutch for one with more torque capacity is much easier to do in a manual.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
        Right, but someone who knows how to operate a manual transmission and likes to modify their car will reach a point were the stock setup is no longer adequate, and swapping out a clutch for one with more torque capacity is much easier to do in a manual.
        Good point - but that assumes the PDK cannot handle added torque. I honestly don't know what how much it can handle without having issues....
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
        Right, but someone who knows how to operate a manual transmission and likes to modify their car will reach a point were the stock setup is no longer adequate, and swapping out a clutch for one with more torque capacity is much easier to do in a manual.
        Swapping clutch packs in dual clutch transmissions is eventually going to be routine.
      1. ajm8127's Avatar
        ajm8127 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Swapping clutch packs in dual clutch transmissions is eventually going to be routine.
        That may be true, especially if the DCT replaces the manual. Performance enthusiasts will have to do something.