We’ll start with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, given that this is the first 911 RS not to come with three pedals – and given that the same switch caused quite a stir in enthusiast circles when Porsche put it into effect with the lesser GT3.
Fitment of the PDK gearbox also means this is the first RS with launch control, which works predictably and brilliantly. Our two-way average of 3.4sec to 60mph shows that the car is every bit as quick as Porsche claims (3.3sec to 62mph) when you account for the fact that our figures are set two-up and full of fuel.
And while you might bemoan the disposal of the car’s third pedal and the driver involvement bound up in operating it, take a moment’s pause – because Porsche has been busy addressing that.
Pull both paddles simultaneously in the RS and the gearbox will instantly disengage both clutches; release them again and it’ll smartly re-engage drive. That allows you to choose as many revs as you like for a standing start, for instance, and also grants more sophisticated control of the driveline during fast cornering.
It’s still not like driving a manual, but for those who miss that extra pedal (and we’re not sure we do, given how quick-shifting and well mannered the PDK in this car is), it’ll feel like progress.