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 |  Jun 06 2012, 6:32 PM

Patent images surfacing online suggest BMW might be exploring the idea of a seven-speed manual transmission, which is believable considering Porsche already offers one in its 911.   

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 |  Jun 01 2011, 6:13 AM

As automatic transmissions have gained gears over the years, the traditional stick shift has remained untouched, its six forward gears (or even just five) providing plenty of fun for the driver, but at the expense of the quick shifting performance of single and dual-clutch automatics.

Leave it to Porsche to chance all that, with Car & Driver now reporting several internal sources at the automaker have confirmed the next-gen 911 will get a 7-speed stick shift.

It’s not clear what gear ratios Porsche is planning to use so this may mean a little more shifting by drivers. Driven not only by an attempt to level the laying field with the company’s own PDK dual-clutch automatic in terms of performance, the extra cog should aid in hitting increasingly strict fuel economy and emissions targets.

The next-generation 911, code named 991, is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September, with a longer wheelbase for added stability, while some rumors have indicated the engine will be moved slightly forward to more of a mid-engine layout.

[Source: Car & Driver]