Porsche’s 911 and 718 Boxster/Cayman sports cars will continue to be sold with manual transmissions for the remainder of their current model cycles – owing to unexpected strong demand.

Porsche gives manual transmissions stay of execution

Iconic German sports-car maker Porsche will continue to offer the option of a manual transmission in its 911 and 718 (Boxster/Cayman) models in the foreseeable future, a senior executive has told overseas media.

As reported by US publication The Drive, the head of Porsche's 911 and 718 model ranges, Frank Moser, says the brand plans to continue selling its sports cars with manual transmissions for the current generation.

“[A] manual transmission is always what the customer wants in the 911, so we have been and are working as long as possible to save the manuals,” Mr Moser told The Drive.

“That’s absolutely relevant for the 911. That’s why we have the 911 [Carrera] T with a manual gearshift, and now the 911 S/T with a stick shift, and that’s really because customers want a stick shift.”