Purists, this one’s for you. Porsche has announced the availability of a seven-speed manual transmission for the latest 992 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 4S Coupe and 4S Cabriolet models. The option comes at no extra charge, and customers can choose to go with the stick shifter as an alternative to the standard eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission.

The seven-speed manual is paired with the Sport Chrono Package as standard, which includes Dynamic Drivetrain Mounts, PSM Sport Mode, as well as a rev-match function. There’s also a drive mode dial on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to choose between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and the customisable Individual mode.

Other mechanical tweaks include the fitment of a standard mechanical limited-slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring, which replaces the fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip differential that is standard with PDK-equipped 911s.

Now, it’s no secret that the manual transmission is slower in the century sprint compared to the modern automatic or dual-clutch transmissions. As such, the manual 911 Carrera S with 450 PS and 530 Nm sprints from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in four seconds and tops out at 305 km/h. Comparatively, the PDK-equipped Carrera S with Sport Chrono Pack does the 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.

A more detailed specification for the manual 911s will be revealed soon. Customers in the United States of America can now order the 911 Carrera S and 4S models with the manual gearbox effective immediately, with the first batch of orders landing in US dealerships in March 2020. Prices start at US$113,300 (RM473k) for the Carrera S manual, while the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet retails for US$133,400 (RM557k).