Starting MSRP of $102,100
For the 2019 model year, Porsche is offering a pure version of the 911. The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is just that, a pure sports car. Starting at a base MSRP of $102,100, this car isn’t cheap. For the PDK option, expect a MSRP of $105,830. But, it is probably worth it, if optimal performance is a decisionmaker. Although the manual and PDK versions perform similarly, both have pros and cons. Below, let’s take a deeper dive into these specs.
Specifications: Manual vs. PDK
The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is available with manual or PDK. Firstly, Porsche PDK, or Porsche Doppelkupplung, is a 7-speed double-clutch transmission. This way, there’s no confusion throughout the discussion. Regardless of transmission, the engine boasts a max of 370 horsepower. This allows the manual version to reach 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds. Not surprisingly, the PDK does so in only 4.0 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds difference over a transmission.
Both models sport RWD with the rear engine layout. The top speed for manual is 182 mph while PDK only allows 180 mph. Furthermore, the manual only obtains 19 mpg vs the PDK’s 22 mpg. Overall, it comes down to PDK or manual. PDK offers 0.3 seconds faster 0-60 time and 3 mpg more. On the other hand, the manual offers 2 extra top speed mph. Truth be told, how often will that extra 2 mph make a difference? But, even more truthfully, everyone knows that 0.3 seconds to 60 mph will be daily…. Shhhhhhhh!
PDK is the Winner!
When it comes to the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the PDK option is the winner. Although a bit pricier, and 2 mph slower, it’s a better deal. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional manual. Old-school manual allows a driver to interact with a car in ways that modern drivers do not, for the most part. It builds a real connection between human and vehicle interaction. But, the paddle shifters can do the same, if used regularly. But, keep in mind, PDK can relax in auto mode in rush hour, saving the constant hassle of clutching. Overall, the Carrera T is a pure sports car for the entry sports buyer.