He further explained that 78% of 911 buyers globally prefer the PDK dual clutch transmission over the traditional manual transmission, though that number in the United States is said to be around 50%. Not only that the customers prefer the PDK over the manual transmission, but Schatzle also suggested that the company’s management prefer the same options too.
One of the reasons why Porsche released the seven-speed manual was due to the cost benefit of multiple parts sharing with the seven-speed PDK and this will come to an end pretty soon as Porsche has begun studying on a new nine-speed PDK transmission. And because of this, it is very much unlikely that a nine speed PDK would share much in common with a traditional manual transmission.
Although Schatzle pointed out that these predictions are just his personal opinions and thoughts rather than an official report but recently there have been some rumours that Porsche might drop the manual transmission from the latest 911 GT3. And if the racing orientated sub-model loses the manual stick, then it is fair to say that the rest of the 911 line-up will eventually follow suit.
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