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Porsche 992 Enthusiasts Are Disappointed By The Lack of Manual New 911, Which Could Potentially Surge Resale Values

Porsche enthusiasts are disappointed by the lack of a manual option in the new 992.2 911, leading to increased demand for manual 992.1 models. This could potentially result in a surge in resale values and create a collector's frenzy.

Porsche forums across the internet are buzzing with a mix of excitement and discontent over the new 992.2 generation 911. While the hybrid powertrain and refreshed design have been a talking point amongst fans, the lack of a manual transmission option in the standard lineup has sparked a wave of disappointment among Porsche purists.

This shift away from the three-pedal setup, a hallmark of the 911's driver-focused ethos, has left many enthusiasts feeling disheartened. Some people on Rennlist and Reddit are disappointed that the 911 doesn't have a manual option. They are worried about how this will affect the driving experience and the overall feel of the 911.

992.1 Porsche 911 Manual vs. 992.2 Porsche 911 PDKThe Manual Transmission: An Identity Crisis for the Modern 911?

This isn't the first time Porsche has pulled something like this. The 992 GT3 and Turbo models were initially launchedexclusively with the PDK dual-clutch transmission, which arguably raised a lot of eyebrows and questioned the very ethos of the GT department. However, Porsche eventually did come around, offering a manual option for the GT3 and later introducing the 911 S/T with a manual-only configuration or maybe that was a calculated move from the start.

But the 992.2 seems to be a different story. You see unlike the hyper-focused GT cars which have takers for the manual gearbox, the regular 911 range in the past has mostly been with the PDK gearbox. As a result, Porsche has made no official announcements regarding the return of the manual gearbox for this generation. The absence of a manual option in the configurator and early press releases has led many to believe that the manual transmission might be on its way out for good, at least for the standard Carrera and Carrera S models. But the bigger reason for this shift is the new powertrain setup, which now with the hybrid setup that has integrated the electric motor into the transmission, would have to essentially develop a whole new drivetrain just to accommodate the manual transmission which is highly unlikely. 

992.1 Porsche 911 Manual vs. 992.2 Porsche 911 PDKThe Rise of the 992.1 Manual

This perceived scarcity of manual 911s is slowly but surely giving rise to an interesting phenomenon: a surge in demand for used 992.1 models equipped with manual transmissions. As one Reddit user pointed out, "I've been seeing a definite increase in prices for used 992 manuals. It seems like everyone is trying to snag one before they become extinct."

This isn't just speculation. Sites like have reported a significant increase in the average sale price of manual 992 GT3s, indicating a growing collector's market for these cars.

The Porsche Tax and the Manual Hype

The Porsche "tax" is a well-known phenomenon, where the brand's desirability and exclusivity often lead to higher prices and unearthly dealer markups, both new and used and the rarity factor is key to driving up the prices. The manual transmission, once a staple of the automotive world, has become increasingly rare in modern cars. This scarcity, combined with the 911's importance in the enthusiast community has made manual 911s particularly sought-after.

Historically, manual 911s have commanded a premium in the used car market. Enthusiasts appreciate the direct connection and the analog experience a manual gearbox delivers. The 992.1 generation, with its slick manual transmission and limited availability, is already considered a future classic by many collectors.

992.1 Porsche 911 Manual vs. 992.2 Porsche 911 PDK

The omission of the manual option from the 992.2 facelift is only likely to exacerbate this trend. With fewer manual 992s in existence, their desirability and value are expected to climb even higher. As one Rennlist user put it, "The manual 992.1 GTS is about to become a unicorn. If you own one, hold onto it for dear life!"

This isn't just about nostalgia or a preference for a specific transmission type. It's about preserving a piece of automotive history. The manual transmission represents a more analog, driver-focused era, a time when cars were less about technology and more about the visceral experience of driving. As cars become increasingly automated and digitized, the appeal of a manual gearbox, especially in a legendary sports car like the 911, becomes even more potent.

While Porsche has not entirely ruled out the possibility of offering a manual option in future 992.2 models and will most certainly make its way into the lineup with the introduction of the GT cars (which are still on sale), the current lack of availability has created a sense of urgency among enthusiasts. Those who desire a modern manual 911 might find themselves scrambling to secure a 992.1 model before it becomes even more scarce and expensive.

992.1 Porsche 911 Manual vs. 992.2 Porsche 911 PDKThe Collector's Conundrum: Investing in a Future Classic or Is It Just a Hype

The decision to discontinue the manual transmission in the initial 992.2 lineup means that the manual 992.1 models, which are already rare, will likely become even more desirable among collectors and enthusiasts. As the supply of manual 992s stagnates, their value is expected to increase, especially for the GTS models, which will be more sought after than ever before because you cannot buy a non-hybrid, twin-turbo GTS anymore, making the 992.1 GTS models, the last of the bread. Given the uncertainty about the future availability of manual transmissions, the manual 992.1 GTS could potentially become the most sought-after "regular" 911 of the lot, commanding a significant premium in the used car market.

This speculation and the discussions surrounding it have already led to a surge in interest in used 992.1 manual models. Online forums are filled with discussions about potential investments, with some enthusiasts even considering buying multiple cars in anticipation of future appreciation. Of course, investing in a car is never a sure bet, but the rarity and desirability of manual 992s make them a compelling proposition and more importantly, a much more approachable proposition when compared to modern GT products from the last decade or even compared to classic 911s which have seen a tremendous increase in value over the years.992.1 Porsche 911 Manual vs. 992.2 Porsche 911 PDK


It's worth noting that Porsche has a history of reintroducing manual transmissions in special edition and GT models. But case in point, cars like limited run the 911 R, with a manual-only transmission, quickly became an unattainable collector's item after its release. Porsche might follow a similar strategy with the 992.2, but for now, the future of the manual 911 remains uncertain.

This uncertainty is only fueling the speculation and driving up demand for the existing manual models. So if you have $150K to spare and want to "invest" in a modern, analog 911, then it's a great time to get your hands on a slightly used example of the 992.1 Carrera or GTS.
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Ming Chen (not verified)    May 31, 2024 - 12:02PM

The 911 was not a pure 911 long ago ... would not make sense to put a manual with a hybrid power train, just from an electronics maintenance point of view.