2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: PDK and Launch Control Illustrated
October 21, 2013
I meant to show this when we last Track Tested our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. What you see here is a graph of two acceleration runs with time on the X-axis and speed on the Y. The red line shows the result of utilizing Launch Control.
We've already extolled the many virtues of Porsche's exquisite PDK automated-manual transmission, but this is yet another reason it is superior to a traditional manual transmission. So good is this system that it not only clobbers most, if not all drivers' ability to launch the car effectively, but it does so consistently and repeatedly. And when we say repeatedly, a Porsche engineer told us that during PDK reliability testing that their factory driver grew car sick after 40 or so launches, or well before the system began to protect itself from the nut behind the wheel. Not all launch control systems are created equal.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor