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by Tim Beissmann

A promotional video detailing the 2012 Porsche 911’s seven-speed manual transmission has hit the web ahead of the all-new sports car’s world premiere at next week’s 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The video explains the pioneering seven-speed manual gearbox has been designed much like the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, with top gear intended for efficient cruising.

“Gears one to six have a sports ratio – the top speed is reached in sixth gear,” the clip explains.

“The seventh gear has a long ratio, ensuring low engine speed even when travelling at high speed for long distances. This reduces fuel consumption figures even further.”

Porsche is yet to reveal the full performance details of the 2012 Porsche 911, but early indications suggest vehicles equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission will slower to accelerate and less fuel efficient than their PDK counterparts.

The German sports car manufacturer says the high-performance 294kW Porsche 911 Carrera S with the optional PDK and Sports Chrono pack will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds. The new model’s combined cycle fuel consumption – 8.7 litres/100km – is 14 per cent lower than that of the old model.

Porsche is yet to confirm performance numbers for the manual model, suggesting they’re more than likely off the pace of the PDK. (If they were worth a song and dance, the marketing department would have definitely revealed them by now.)

Porsche Australia has confirmed the 2012 Porsche 911 will hit local showrooms in March, with the 911 Carrera manual priced from $229,900 and the 911 Carrera S manual priced from $263,100.




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