There's a Rumor That the 2025 Porsche 911 Turbo Will Be Manual and Rear-wheel Drive, but Does That Make Any Sense? - Latest Global News

There’s a Rumor That the 2025 Porsche 911 Turbo Will Be Manual and Rear-wheel Drive, but Does That Make Any Sense?

  • According to rumors, the upcoming 992.2 Turbo will be offered with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission
  • The 911 Turbo switched to all-wheel drive in 1995 and has only been available with PDK for a decade
  • Porsche has transformed the 992 Turbo into the limited-edition, manual RWD Sport Classic in 2023

In two weeks we will learn chapter and verse about the new Porsche 911 of the 992.2 generation. But as fans eagerly await the official reveal, they’re trying to make sense of various rumors, including one that doesn’t seem to make any sense at all. It is said that the next 911 Turbo will have rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission.

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The claim has since been taken up by Redditfirst appeared on the Race list Forum. The platform is a home away from home for many regular Porsche enthusiasts hoping to get a clue as to what options might be available for their next car before the order books open. There are also a few members who seem to be well informed and pass along these tips. One such member, @silversurfer, says the next Turbo will only have two-wheel drive and a stick.

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It sounds like the recipe for an incredibly entertaining 911, but while we don’t have any concrete information to counter that claim, it strikes us as a strange move for Porsche. Over the past 29 years – since the then-new 993 introduced all-wheel drive – the automaker has built the Turbo’s reputation as the perfect all-weather, everyday supercar.

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And for a decade it has only been available with a PDK manual transmission – a transmission that really does justice to the power delivery of the turbo engine. Will Porsche really dismantle this carefully crafted personality?

Consider the handling: the current Turbo S already makes 631 hp (640 hp), so the next one will have to shoot for almost 700 horses (710 hp), and that’s a lot to put on the rear wheels of a normal road car tires, that have to function under all conditions. That’s a lot even for a manual transmission.

    There's a rumor that the 2025 Porsche 911 Turbo will be manual and rear-wheel drive, but does that make any sense?

The 2023 Sport Classic was a detuned turbo with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission

When Porsche introduced the 2023 Sport Classic, it was only available as a manual transmission with rear-wheel drive and its engine was reduced to 543 hp and 442 pound-feet of torque (down from 29 hp/30 hp and 111 lb-ft/150 Nm). to prevent the seven-speed gearbox from blowing up.

And if Porsche actually offered the Turbo with rear-wheel drive and a stick, that would certainly undermine the lucrative pastime of convincing hyper-rich brand fans to spend a fortune on special cars like the Sport Classic or the GT2, which is the only way to access desirable enthusiast features like rear-wheel drive and a Access manual.

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But maybe we are wrong and the forum gossip is right. Perhaps Porsche wants to bolster the Turbo’s credibility as a genuine collector’s car as it approaches its 50th year of teaching supercars a lesson or two.

There may be more buyers asking for this trim than can be satisfied with a limited edition Sport Classics, and there are plans to expand the configuration’s availability in the same way it turned the limited edition 911R into the GT3 Touring.

    There's a rumor that the 2025 Porsche 911 Turbo will be manual and rear-wheel drive, but does that make any sense?

The 911 Turbo has been equipped with all-wheel drive since the introduction of the 993 Turbo in 1995

Or perhaps the base Turbo will be converted to manual rear-wheel drive and the more powerful Turbo S AWD with PDK to preserve the all-paw car’s performance advantage. Because a 2WD manual turbo is probably slower than the current 4WD PDK car, and that will be difficult for the marketing department to implement.

Do you think there is any truth to the rear-wheel drive and manual turbo rumor and do you think Porsche should make this move? Write a comment below and let us know.

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    There's a rumor that the 2025 Porsche 911 Turbo will be manual and rear-wheel drive, but does that make any sense?

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