Still Not Sure About PDK - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Still Not Sure About PDK

February 8, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

An automatic in a Porsche 911? Yeah, it sounds bad, but only if you've never used Porsche's PDK automatic. It makes a very good case for the demise of the manual transmission.

Shifts from the PDK are ridiculously quick, well timed, and every bit as firm as you can muster with a manual. And that's before you even put it in "Sport" mode. You can try to confuse it and nothing happens, it does the right thing anyway.

With such a smart transmission, it's no wonder so few manuals are purchased these days, but that doesn't mean I still wouldn't want one in this 911. As well as the PDK works, it's the feeling of working the gears that I miss. Modern Porsche 911s have one of the best shift linkages in the business, so it's fun just to row through the gears even if you don't really need to. It's hard to explain, but I'm not quite over the manual transmission just yet.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,182 miles

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