Though essentially just an enhanced version of a normal automatic transmission, the Tiptronic that debuted on the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 would prove to be a great innovation for sports cars. In addition to the usual PRND3 layout, the Tiptronic had a special gate allowing the driver to select gears manually. It combined the best virtues of traditional manual and torque-converter automatic transmissions into one seamless package.
“Combine this versatility with the smooth, quiet, and fast operation that the Tiptronic transmission offers, and it adds up to an automatic that is well-matched to the brawny personality of the 911 Carrera 2. With plans afoot to incorporate it into the successor of the 944, the Tiptronic looks set to become the automatic of the future.” – Barry Winfield