PDK-equipped Porches can now have steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters fitted
11 May 2010

Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayman owners whose cars are fitted with PDK gearboxes can now order steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters as a retro-fit option.

Versions of the cars sold since August 2009 have had this option available from new, but Porsche has now decided to allow owners of older models to switch from the steering wheel-mounted buttons that PDK cars originally came with. The paddles are mounted to the three-spoke steering wheel taken from the new Porsche 911 Turbo.

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From August, the retro-fit option will be open to Panamera and Cayenne owners. In Europe, the retro-fit option is 940 euros (£800) and UK pricing is expected to be announced shortly.

Porsche's Tequipment department is also offering three other retro-fit options for 911 owners, including the Fuchs wheel arches and 19-inch alloys taken from the limited-edition 911 Sport Classic model. The other options are inspired by the 911 race cars from the Porsche Supercup and include a new front aero kit and rear wing.

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11 May 2010

DON'T DO IT!

I have an M5 with paddle shifters and they ruin the car. They're great on the move but bloody awful when you set off from rest or try to manoeuvre at low speed. Because the car doesn't creep like a standard auto you finish up rolling backwards or having to put a few revs on and balance the handbrake which is no fun when you're trying to get into a parking space on a hill. Hideous things.

11 May 2010

[quote Straff]DON'T DO IT![/quote]

Er, i think they are only talking about having paddles instead of the stupid buttons - makes no difference to anything you described. You can still order a manual if you would rather!

I think the most interesting yet unsurprising bit is that you can now order the bits from the 911 Sport Classic for any 911 now - bound to upset those who forked out £140,000 for the real thing...

11 May 2010

[quote Straff]

DON'T DO IT!

I have an M5

[/quote]

If you really are an enthusiast M5 owner, you'll know it has a sequential manual gearbox(BMW's SMG II), not a double-clutch box, like the Porsche's PDK, Many reports say that Porsche's version of the double clutch is the best there is, even better than VW group's DSG. After all, Porsche pioneered this type 'box many years ago. So please, stop the none too subtle attempt to dissuade gullible readers from appreciating a Porsche. The only real drawback to the PDK hitherto was the unsatisfactory wheel-mounted change buttons. Porsche has reacted swiftly to criticism of its quirky system and gone with paddles.

11 May 2010

hold on boys! ... just another option.

disco.stu: mind you, the Sport Classic is a lot more than 4 rims... and I didn't saw the other items in the option list...

indeed, 4 expensive rims.

11 May 2010

Didn't I read somewhere that the buttons changed up and down in the opposite direction than everyone else's paddle (i.e. the porker changes down with the right button rather than up like everyone else)? Hope they change that daft flouting of convention.

11 May 2010

That's because I'm not a very enthusiastic M5 owner! Surely, even with a DSG box, paddles mean no clutch pedal? I don't doubt that the Porsche is a better system but I don't like the fact that you're waiting for a computer to let the clutch out. Maybe my driving habits are too ingrained to make the most of these new fangled gadgets. All I do know is that it's much easier to drive (and drift) the thing under certain conditions with a clutch. Drifting: that's something you Porsche fans don't understand... It means sliding the car around for fun; a technique you can't enjoy sat in a pub car park on a Sunday comparing the cut of your string-back driving gloves and arguing about the difference between your 993 and a Beetle with your fellow Porsche afficionados.

Yes, I am teasing!

BTW, if they do market the DSG box with a clutch and paddles, that sounds like a fantastic car.

11 May 2010

Default supercar?, of course it is, not too pricey compared too some, more reliable then most, and not overly wide like some of the latest offerings, yes, paddle shifters have taken a while for Porsche to accept as needed, but they developed a system years ago in the i think the 956 racers and used in the Carrera GT i think (somebody'll correct me, i'm sure), but i'll bet it'll be a better system than most other paddle shifters from other makers.

Peter Cavellini.

11 May 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]but i'll bet it'll be a better system than most other paddle shifters from other makers.[/quote] Better than the 458? Based on what?

11 May 2010

[quote Lesia44]

[quote Peter Cavellini]but i'll bet it'll be a better system than most other paddle shifters from other makers.[/quote] Better than the 458? Based on what?

[/quote]

He did say "most" other paddle shifters, not all.

Cavellini, the "default supercar" is not the 911 Turbo S, it is the Ferrari 458 Italia.

11 May 2010

[quote blasos1983]

[quote Lesia44]

[quote Peter Cavellini]but i'll bet it'll be a better system than most other paddle shifters from other makers.[/quote] Better than the 458? Based on what?

[/quote]

He did say "most" other paddle shifters, not all.

[/quote] Yes, I did notice the word "most". Not that I'd put it past Porky to pull one out of the bag - they're not exactly shabby in the engineering department.

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