In today’s world, when even the automatic transmission lever looks outdated against the background of electric cars, seeing a new model with a manual transmission is a true miracle. However, the past few days have given us two such cars at once, and some more: cult sports cars that have a historical background from the past and look confidently into the future.
First of all, we are talking about the car Porsche 911 Sport Classic. This is a new model that embodies the historical past of the Porsche 911 line. Namely, with the iconic sports car Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s.
For example, you can see it in the special form of a hood, goose’s tail (we remind that here the engine is installed behind) and wheels with silver spokes.
The car also has a special interior: the cream-colored finish is reminiscent of vinyl of the 1960s-1970s. Plus, this picture is perfectly complemented by a checkered fabric, which covers the central part of the seats. And you should also pay attention to details, such as the design of the tachometer (hello, Porsche 356), which is traditionally mounted in the center of the dashboard. In addition, we advise you not to miss the “mechanics” lever, which is closely “cut” into seven gears.
At one time, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was one of the flagships of the Porsche 911 line, so it is not surprising that a special version of the Porsche 911 Sport Classic also received the best technology that the Germans now have. For example, a 6-cylinder opposite turbo engine with 550 hp, which works in combination with a 7-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive: all classic! In addition, the model Porsche 911 Sport Classic is equipped with a sports exhaust, a system of swivel rear wheels, ceramic brakes.
It’s cool that in the case of the Toyota Supra, too, it was not just the installation of the manual transmission, instead, the car received a comprehensive refinement for true fans of the drive! First of all, the sports car with manual transmission was noticeably lighter (-21.8 kg) than the similar “automatic” version – among other things, this was facilitated by special 19-inch wheels, designed specifically for the “mechanical” version. Even more: for the Toyota Supra additional Lightweight package is offered, which allows you to lighten the car by another 16.5 kg by removing the electric seats and audio system.
Important changes have taken place in the design of the sports car. The iMT6 manual transmission has a system that automatically adjusts engine speed to the most appropriate range when shifting gears. The main pair has also changed – from now on 3.46: 1 against 3.15: 1 for the version with automatic transmission. And even more: we had to change the panels on the central tunnel so that the driver could sit comfortably and change gears.
It is worth noting that at the same time the Toyota Supra (all versions – manual, and automatic) received other developments: new shock absorbers and stabilizer bushes, expanded list of driving modes, improved brakes. So do not stop evolution!