Published on March 9th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Porsche’s new gear-shifter is boring

Porsche shows its newly developed 8-speed dual-clutch transmission shifter and we are disappointed as it takes away the ‘sporty’ look that Porsche shifters should and must have. This new shifter looks like something that should sit in a family sedan or even a game console.

The Cabriolet versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S will also be initially equipped exclusively with the eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). Compared with the seven-speed transmission in the previous models, the new PDK offers a host of improvements. The driver can directly feel the enhanced combination of comfort, performance and efficiency.

All gears have new ratios: first gear is now shorter and eighth gear longer than before. This made it possible to realise a longer final-drive ratio, thereby further reducing the engine speeds in the upper gears. The result is harmonious ratio stepping and further potential for reducing fuel consumption. Maximum speed can still be achieved in sixth gear but with this shifter it will feel less exciting.

The completely new interior is a milestone in the development of the 911. The new cockpit provides a reminder of the virtues already found in the first 911 generation: clarity and formal unambiguity.

For example, the traditional analogue rev counter is now flanked by two frameless free-form displays that almost appear to float. As on the original 911, the new dashboard covers the entire width between two horizontal wing levels. In the middle, a docked-on control panel with five pushbuttons in classic toggle switch look creates the transition to the centre console with touchpad.

There is no longer an ignition key. The new 911 features Keyless Go and a rotary switch to start the engine as standard – positioned on the left of the steering column, of course. Analogue precision is therefore perfectly blended with digital integration.

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