VIDEO: Porsche’s magnificent seven

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2012 Porsche 911 with 7 speed manual

Double-clutch transmissions are fast becoming the norm, even in high-end sportscars. Think Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4-12C and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to name a few. We’re unlikely to see a manual box in a Lamborghini ever again.

On that count, then, Porsche is to be applauded for sticking with tradition and offering a manual transmission  in its new 911. Moreover, it’s a 7-speed as well.

After the break you can watch a short promo talking us through the basics of the new box. Looks like the seventh gear is for overdrive duties only and has probably been added as much for marketing and fuel consumption reduction as anything. But it’s a manual and therefore we like it. Just stop paying attention when the voiceover man starts talking about the PDK.