TTAC Called It: New 911 Offers DSG– Er, PDK Paddleshift
Yes, we pat ourselves on the back. Why wouldn't we? As branding guru Al Reis once advised me "Tell 'em who you are, tell 'em that you told 'em and tell 'em again." Or something like that. Anyway, back in April, we reported that Porsche was finally putting DSG into their venerable 911, plus the usual we-need-something-for- existing-owners-to-lust-after power bump. Classic Driver confirms that the refreshed Carerra wil be blessed with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox. Porsche calls their system Porsche-Doppelkupplung or PDK, which they invented, dammit! ("Porsche points out that its engineers developed the principle for motorsport some 25 years ago.") The updated car also also gets direct injection, debuted (to not much effect) on the Cayenne GTS. "The 3.6-litre Carrera models are up 20bhp to 345bhp, while the 3.8-litre Carrera S has jumped 30bhp, and now develops an impressive 385bhp." AND they're cleaner, more economical and .2 seconds faster from zero to 62mph. One thing we didn't foresee: new LED lights fore and aft. Now, when this PDK thing hits the Boxster S, we'll see just how fast I can drive backwards– if you know what I mean.
Is that Ford corporate switch-gear in that image? Sure looks it.
wasn't porsche the first to develop dual clutch gear boxes back in the day for their group C cars. I remember reading something about the 962's having them. I think they gave up because it was too heavy or unreliable, not sure though.
@ ethermal: I believe there is still a true manual option on these upcoming models. You know.. for people who actually know how to drive a car. ;)