"It's slower and more difficult, so why do we love a manual Porsche?"
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It's slower and more difficult, so why do we love a manual Porsche?
Behold the Porsche 911 GT3.
500 horsepower, four liters of naturally aspirated flat six, and a redline at 9,000 RPM.
Wonderful, isn't it?
The sound The steering, the speed it generates, it is all glorious.
But there's one particular thing about this car that makes it not only glorious, but important.
See, history will show that this is the generation of the GT3, which Porsche decided to reintroduce my new gear box.
The first generation of 991 GT3, Porsche said that a manual was no longer appropriate.
The customers said And to their credit, [UNKNOWN] listened.
The question is, why did people miss the manual?
Why did I miss the manual?
Fundamentally, the manual heightens your awareness and interaction with almost every facet of the car.
It adds a very distinct layer of tactility.
And a manual gearbox can amplify your sense of speed.
For example, [SOUND] fifth to sixth.
Simple, it's easy as pulling a paddle.
But try making that same shift at 8000 RPM and over 150 miles an hour.
Taking your hand off the wheel doesn't feel so easy, compelled to stay with just one hand magnifies the forces you're controlling.
But even at low speed, you can enjoy a downshift, or an up shift for that matter.
The manual gearbox is very egalitarian like that.
You don't have to possess nerves of steel or the car control of Ari Vatanen to appreciate a nice gear shift.
Every stop or junction you come to is that balancing act between left and right foot, to slowly bring the plates together.
My favorite shift, from one to third, in a regular five and six speed H pattern.
I love the feeling of the springing helping you across the gate on the way up and then the punch forward from fourth on the way down.
Why do I say that?
Because you can't really have a favorite shift with a paddle shift, can you?
First to second, second to third, fifth back to fourth.
They're all the same with paddles.
And each gear shift of course has its Some character, another thing that's wonderful on [INAUDIBLE].
For an S2000 sneaky little diva to NW distinctive knockily feels, the clack-clack of an open gage Ferrari box, to the brutal slickness of a Dough box, each ones in views the car with a distinctive character you can sense from the first exploratory wag to check for neutral.
And this GG3 six-speed now feels like one of the best two, one to save her, but a pedal-shift is quick as people say.
To that I would say, the instant isn't always better.
And of course there's rev matching.
Heeling and turning you while breaking you at the same time.
Again, it's something I can enjoy anywhere, any time.
I think of that last [UNKNOWN] down change when you're hard on the brakes heading into the corner [ENGINE_NOISE] PDK?
Manual, now you're controlling the steering with one hand, and the braking only gets half a foot, as you try not to unbalance the car by matching revs.
All four limbs are involved, and involvement is the critical word when considering why the manual shift has survived, why it should be treasured.
With a manual You just feel more intimately connected with the engine.
You have to listen to the revs.
you were [UNKNOWN].
It ask more of you, but it also rewards more deeply.
For this and for all those other reasons, that's why I I love the manual gearbox.
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