You know, I should be working on my homework and not pissing VS off. Still, I feel as if I need to post this.
I'll say it once and I'll say it again; Porsche offers a Manual with the standard 991 carrera and pretty much every single variant. Hell, they even offered a manual with 997 Turbo, which is easily the most tech heavy of the 911 (in fact the tech is what defined it). So to go head and not offer a manual on what is supposed to be the purist's version of the 911 is mind boggling. Seriously, I get having a PDK (to be honest I've always been surprised the 997 GT3 didn't have one), but not even offering a manual as an option?!
And don't give me this bullshit about it not selling; the 997 GT3 sold well enough to make Porsche not add a flappy paddle as an option, so obviously it wasn't that big of a deal. And even then, VAG is loaded. Of all the people to pull the "it's to expensive" card, Porsche has the least right to do so.
For that matter, why the hell did Porsche even bother to make a new manual gear box if the PDK is that much better? I mean, a 7 speed manual, the first it's kind? I'm sure that didn't have R&D working over time to design it! And all this just so they could get better MPG? Really !? What about the manual being cheaper? Well, the PDK does cost 4000$ more then the manual (not sure about other markets), but considering that sales wise it's 20-80 PDK I'm guessing most people who opted for the manual didn't just get it to save some money.
So then, if Porsche is willing to develop a new manual gearbox (ok, so 1/3 of it is from the PDK) but aren't willing to use it for the 991 GT3, the so called "purest" 911, then why did they develop it in the first place?!?!?!?! I mean, Porsche them self say it's better then a manual, so why bother? I honestly don't know. As for it not being used for the GT3, well, maybe they can't get the manual to work with the new hyped up flat-six, but there is almost no way in hell that's the case. Honestly I feel like this is part of a bigger problem going on at Porsche, but that's a post for another time.