Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Reminds Us of the Importance of a Clutch Pedal and Shifter

A decade ago, if someone had said that the highest-performing Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette would not be available with a manual transmission but that a Porsche 911 Carrera S would, you’d get laughed out of the bar. We’re pretty sure that Porsche and Volkswagen Group executives from that era wouldn’t have taken that bet. The decline in the 911’s manual take rate really started with the 997 refresh that brought dual-clutch automatic transaxles (PDK in Porsche-speak) to the brand for the 2009 model year. Now, in its home market, only a single-digit percentage of 911 buyers opt to shift themselves. In the United States, it’s a different story. Roughly one in five 911 buyers go for the stick.

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