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2012 Porsche 911

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PDK vs. 7-Speed Stick

So, to the seven-legged elephant in the cockpit: the manual transmission. Based on the PDK's fundamentals, the seven-speed manual has a slightly shorter ratio for third and a longer seventh, but it's otherwise almost identical. At first, it's weird driving a car with so many gates, but once you find a nice, rhythmic section of road, you realize it drives just like any other six-speed 'box. The seventh gear really only comes into play on the highway.

Shift into seventh and it's clear why Porsche chose to add it: engine revs drop to near-silence, fuel economy picks up, and there's still enough torque left over to power up hills without the need for a downshift.

The PDK, on the other hand, has the same number of gears, and for anything but tight autocross-style work, it's the better choice. Lightning quick, neck-snapping gear changes in Sport Plus mode meld with silky shifts when cruising. Grab the paddles yourself for a healthy dose of engaging fun, or let it do the work for you--it's surprisingly adept at figuring out how to act based on your inputs. 

In either case, one of the most notable differences from the previous 911 is the quickness with which the engine revs, on both the Carrera and the S. It makes the car easy to rev-match on your own (with the manual) and it makes the computer's rev-matching almost instantaneous.


 
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Comments (7)
  1. perfection has been improved....now we just need Porsche to release an affordable car for the masses. realistically if they released such a car they woudl not only be the most profitable car company in the world but one with some of the highest sales.
    come on Porsche give me a 514

  2. This is probably the first modern 911 where I would mind the narrower Carrera model. If I could live with a coupe, it would be a very tough choice between the Carerra S and the new 2013 GT-R.

    Hmmm.. I know. Just sign me up for the upcoming Turbo. Best of both worlds :-D

    Great review.

  3. Sorry. That should say "wouldn't mind the narrower"

  4. The GT-R is in a bit of a different category, both in terms of performance (better) and quality/luxury (worse) than the Carrera/Carrera S. That said, you definitely wouldn't be disappointed in the Carrera S's performance. It's quicker than its raw numbers would indicate. They're all good cars though.

  5. Which exactly colour is the grey? Achatgrau?

  6. Its an easy decision between this or the GT-R. Quality on the Porsche is one of the top few. May not be as fast as the GT-R but several years down the road, you can bet the Porsche is still running strong and has fewer parts to change than the technologically cramped GT-R.

  7. IT IS A SWEET RIDE

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