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The automatic choice for the 21st century

I had an interesting chat with a client yesterday. He bought a 964 through me some time ago but later sold it. Now, though, he wants to return to Porsche ownership (these cars are so addictive!) and has set his heart on a 996 Turbo. A great choice as you get a lot of performance for your money and they’re tough, reliable machines.

Now, most buyers of used 911s want a manual gearbox. Maybe it’s a macho thing but I must confess that I like the idea of changing gear myself. That said, the later Tiptronics and – more so – today’s PDKs are astonishingly good at doing it for you.

This chap said he was keen on a Tiptronic Turbo and made the very valid point that a 996 Turbo is a high-tech car, with ABS, PSM, four-wheel drive and much more. With that in mind, adding a technologically advanced transmission system into the mix makes a lot of sense, and a manual gearbox is simply out of place.

Makes sense. What do you think?

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