What is Porsche PDK Transmission?
If you’re looking to buy a Porsche, new or used, you’ve likely come across the acronym PDK throughout specification sheets or in photos. First developed in 2009, PDK is an advanced transmission that has revolutionised gear shifting in Porsche vehicles. PDK is an acronym for Porsche Doppel Kupplungs getriebe, which translates to Porsche double-clutch transmission. As the name suggests, it’s Porsche’s version of a dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
What exactly is PDK and what makes it so special?
The basic principles of PDK are the same as most dual-clutch gearboxes – they have two clutches and two gearboxes combined into one casing. One clutch operates on first, third, fifth, seventh, and reverse gears, with the second clutch managing second, fourth, and sixth gears.
This dual clutch system allows for much faster gear changes, with one clutch engaging the next gear while the other is working the current gear. The interruption in power when shifting is almost non-existent, allowing shift times of less than 100 milliseconds. Yes, you heard that right. That’s even faster than a manual transmission and allows the Porsche 718 Cayman to reach 100km/h in under 4.9 seconds, with a manual achieving the same sprint in just 5.3 seconds.
This rapid and seamless transmission is great for not only speed, but also comfort. You won’t even notice the ultra-smooth shifting when you leave the car in automatic. This allows you to enjoy the driving experience whether you’re driving it in town, on the motorway, or flying around the hills.
The PDK system is one of the most advanced and highly respected transmissions ever developed, and when you experience it for yourself, you’ll never want to go without it.
What Porsche models have PDK transmission?
The Porsche models that have PDK transmission are:
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