Originally Posted by Euclid
I'd just like to point out the following lines from the original article.
Ferrari has already done so, Lamborghini has too, and now it appears Porsche will also drop the manual gearbox entirely within a few years' time.
With nearly 80 percent of buyers opting for the PDK dual-clutch gearbox over a manual transmission for popular models like the 911 and Cayman, Porsche has recently admitted outright that the conventional manual could be dropped entirely in just a few years. Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald, Porsche’s R&D chief Bunno Brandlhuber stated that "There are some Porsche enthusiasts who prefer a manual and we will continue to offer this in the meantime.... But maybe one day it will become irrelevant."
The first line states, "now it appears Porsche will also drop the manual gearbox entirely within a few years' time." This is stating with certainty that Porsche is going to get rid of the manual within a few years.
Now the second line states, "Porsche has recently admitted outright that the conventional manual could be dropped entirely in just a few years." Not one sentence later and the author is stating that Porsche may possibly get rid of the manual within a few years. But wait, he just said in the previous sentence that Porsche is going to drop the manual just like Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Finally the actual quote from Brandlhuber that is the basis of this article "...But maybe one day it will become irrelevant." To me when someone says "but maybe one day" that's neither affirmation that the topic of discussion is going to happen, nor going to happen "in just a few years" as the author claims.
This illustrates how bogus the article is.
Will Porsche get rid of the manual some day? Perhaps, but it is highly unlikely that it will be as soon as people are thinking. They just created a 7spd manual gearbox, do you really think they'll just no provide that option a few years after coming out with it?
Also, I was at the PCA Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City this past summer. I attended one of the banquets where I sat at the table next to Wolfgang and Hans-Peter Porsche. During the speech portion of the banquet, Wolfgang spoke about their current lineup and future plans. He spoke about how well received the PDK has been. He also stated that as long as people wanted a manual, Porsche would provide that option.
I'm glad you picked up on that. I really felt like a troll after posting this article - still do, actually - and considered deleting the thread entirely. I didn't really think the thread would devolve the way it has.
Speaking of PCA, I went to one of our local chapter meetings not long after PDK was introduced and PCNA had made a cutaway PDK box available for inspection. Much note was made of the commonalities in parts between it and the manual box; there have been numerous articles on point but this one is pretty concise about it: http://www.caranddriver.com/features...-pdk-tech-dept
Because there are so many parts in common between the boxes I'd like to think Porsche is not too put out to continue offering both.