In order to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, a 7-speed manual was introduced with the 991 generation. When the current gearbox was announced, it sparked a lot of controversies.
But the gearbox turned out to be a less overwhelming, more precise and improve fuel consumption. However, the 911 R with six-speed gearbox turned out to be a successful product.
Michael Steiner, Porsche's R&D chief said, "From my point of view, it shouldn't be the last. Technically, it is possible to have a six-speed manual gearbox.
"There are good reasons to have such a car, emotion-wise and for driver enjoyment and things like that, but if you look at the mix we have with the Carrera and Carrera S, it's different."
He added, "On the other hand, if you look at the next cars we have in the more normal model line or a more conventional model line, year-by-year more and more customers are buying PDK. Within the next years, there will be definitely room for manual gearboxes, and we will have at least derivatives with manual gearboxes.
"But the general trend, also for car guys who would like to go on the racetrack, is shifting more and more in the direction of PDK."
Maybe the next 911 will be equipped with a six-speed manual, but at some point, even Porsche will follow the new trend. Then the stick shift and third pedal will be no more. So, enjoy it while you still can.