Time for a Quick Spin in a rare beast; some may have even thought it extinct, a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S with a manual transmission. Yes, most Carreras are PDK-equipped these days, and yes, we know the PDK is faster. 

But, for some, there are things more important than 0-60 numbers. 

One, is the man/machine interaction that occurs when you press a clutch pedal to disengage the driven-wheels from the engine, select a new gear, release the clutch, and repeat the process over-and-over again along your favorite road.

What seems like an inefficient chore to many, quickly becomes the true joy of driving.

Now, if you plan on buying a 911 Carrera with the 7-speed manual, the first thing to know is that it’s mostly the same PDK transmission, just converted to work with a traditional shifter. Secondly, you have to upgrade to the Carrera S, as it’s not available with the base Carrera. 

Best news of all, the base MSRP of a hair over $115,000 is the same regardless of if you pick the manual or give in and go full 8-speed automatic PDK.

And to us, it’s a life-changing bargain whatever you choose.


  • Price: Around $120,000