Porsche commits to atmospheric engines and manual gearboxes

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Jul 2019

If you like performance cars with naturally aspirated engines and a manual transmission, Porsche might soon be your only port of call.

Andreas Preuninger, the head of Porsche's GT division, spoke at the launch of the new 718 Cayman GT4 about the trend of turbocharging and slick-shifting dual-clutch gearboxes. He said that half of Porsche’s GT cars leave with a manual transmission, much more than mainstream makers like Toyota, which, in America, sells about a third of 86s with three pedals and just one per cent of Corollas.

As for Porsche, Preuninger said that cars should be more than just transportation, that they should bring pleasure too. He added that, while the naturally aspirated engine and the manual gearbox are getting closer to the end of the road, Porsche will keep them around for another decade at least.

And they’re still damn good too, with the 718 Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 both offering 308kW and 420Nm from a 4.0-litre flat six, enough to send the mid-engined twins to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds.

It will join the likes of Aston Martin, whose CEO, Andy Palmer, recently said he wanted Aston to be “last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports cars.”

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