All Porsche models for 1996 come standard with a six-speed manual transaxle. The gear ratios have been optimized for quicker starts and a higher top speed. Dual-cone synchronizers reduce first- and second-gear shift forces by 30%, while sixth gear will find the top end without any hesitation. In a 911 Carrera, a single shift from first to second can take you from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
On the 911 Carrera Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa models, the Porsche Tiptronic-S is also available. A dual-function transmission designed to offer the convenience of an automatic with the dynamic control of a manual, Tiptronic-S provides shift response even the most demanding drivers find exhilarating.
In the manual mode, Tiptronic-S uses two thumb-activated rocker switches on the steering wheel to let the driver instantly activate gear changes. With both of the driver's hands gripping the wheel, the act of shifting is now totally seamless with the act of steering. Developed from systems found in Formula One racing cars, this style of shifting dramatically enhances the act of driving.
Or the driver can elect to use Tiptronic-S as a clutchless four-speed manual transmission, making gear selections at any time with the shift lever. A quick tip of the lever forward in the slot for clutchless upshifts, a tip of the lever back for downshifts.
In the automatic
mode, Tiptronic-S adapts to your driving style, selecting the appropriate
gear and shift points based on an
agenda set by your right foot. The more aggressive your throttle inputs, the more aggressive the shift points.