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We Have a poll on engine choice--why not have one on transmission choice. I chose the MT because I don't us the car as a DD and I enjoy the driving dynamics of a MT. Honestly--it has been a while since I owned a MT and I am really enjoying it.
 

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I chose manual because I plan to use it as a DD and I enjoy driving MT. Even in Toronto traffic. Also - lap times is not an issue for me, so no need for PDK.
I do plan on going to all sorts of driving schools, but don't think those count as "tracking your car".
With the exception of relatively short period, some 15 years ago, I always drove MT.
Heck - when I decided to finally get the convertible I dreamt of - I was "stuck" (first world problems...) with only 2 choices: BMW M240 and Porsche Boxster.
These were the only 2 cars that ticked all the boxes on the conditions list.
 

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I drove a manual for most of my driving life. From high school up till we had a kid. I got rid of my manual sports car when my son was born (~8 years ago) and have been dreaming of the day I can finally get back into a MT 2 seater. I won't be driving it in bad weather or on long trips, so MT made the mode sense. I was super rusty on the test drives, didn't even attempt to heel toe it. I found that when I short shifted I always seemed to pick right when the turbos decided to spool up... made the shifts super rough. I guess I'll have to relearn how to drive smoothly.

Cheers!
 

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PDK all the way :)

I chose the PDK because it is the best dual-clutch transmission on the market. No regrets.

Was changing my own gears for 15+ years. While undoubtedly fun, it is tiring at times.
 

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PDK, for a number of reasons:
- Left knee is deteriorating due to an old soccer injury (can't ride sportbikes anymore because of it)
- PDK is one of the best ATs around
- Makes for a quicker car
- Chrono Pack has more value with PDK
- Resale value (this is a minor reason)

There are a few others. I, too, was an all-manual guy until my last two cars, to the point where the one SUV I bought had a manual (a Jeep). While I appreciate them and totally understand the allure in a performance car, IMHO they are obsolete for most applications -- I forsee a time in the very near future when most manufacturers that still offer a manual will have an upcharge for a manual instead of the other way around.
 

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I forsee a time in the very near future when most manufacturers that still offer a manual will have an upcharge for a manual instead of the other way around.
Agree with that. I think MT will just go the way of the carburetor or air-cooling (latter may hurt feelings around here).
That's exactly why I'm getting one while I can. This will probably be my last MT car :(
But same goes for IC engines too. They will be gone in fairly short order too. And that will make the discussion of what transmission purely "academical".
 

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I had my fling with autoboxes and they are certainly more efficient than I am at shifting, but I don't care. The 718 manual that I have in my BS is so good that I would find the car to be far less fun with the more efficient PDK.
 

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I've previously had a manual Porsche & there no denying the gearbox was great. I'd also prior to that had twin clutch boxes on a couple of cars (AUDI & a VW). I'd returned to manual though because I quite simply preferred it & it was more fun. The thing is once I tried a PDK box that all changed & that's why I went for another with my current car (718S). The box is just so quick & smooth & I simply don't find it any less fun. I really enjoy using the paddles to change gear on twisty roads & then when on a long run I leave it in full auto & let the box do everything. Sometimes I'll have it in Auto but override it with the paddles when an S bend comes up, then a few seconds later it returns to auto. I absolutely love it & think it's superb & I wouldn't ever go back to a manual in a Porsche, though in any alternative vehicle I'd probably consider it. Truth be told I don't think you can really go far wrong with either option (certainly not in a Boxster or Cayman S).
 

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Fifth Porsche, from 944, to 964, 1956 Speedster, 997....all manual transmissions. But this 718 Cayman S, got it finally 4 days ago, is PDK, and I have absolutely no regret. After 800km, I think it is hassle free when I need in heavy traffic, and very sporty using paddles or the stick (sequential like). Also, being able to individualize my preferred mode is great. Mine is: "sport +" selected, sport exhaust, autostop off, spoiler out :).
 

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Fifth Porsche, from 944, to 964, 1956 Speedster, 997....all manual transmissions. But this 718 Cayman S, got it finally 4 days ago, is PDK, and I have absolutely no regret. After 800km, I think it is hassle free when I need in heavy traffic, and very sporty using paddles or the stick (sequential like). Also, being able to individualize my preferred mode is great. Mine is: "sport +" selected, sport exhaust, autostop off, spoiler out :).
It helps a lot that automatic transmissions these days improved a lot. Even Alfa Romeo has a transmission out right now that has people forgetting about owning a manual. But that could also be due in part to the rest of their new Giulia.
 
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