The Porsche Dual-Clutch Transmission (PDK)
Delivering an unbeatable combination of sportiness, comfort, and efficiency, the Porsche dual-clutch transmission (or PDK) is designed for both casual drivers and high-performance aficionados. Whether you prefer the convenience of an automatic transmission or the feel of a stick shift, the PDK aims to win you over with a responsive, satisfying experience behind the wheel.
How the PDK Works
The PDK organizes the gears into two different clutches, allowing swifter, completely automatic shifts that don’t interrupt traction. Individual gears are chosen via a digitally controlled electrohydraulic system. The PDK outperforms traditional manual transmissions, offering superior responsiveness, speedier gear changes, and improved fuel economy. For example, the current 911 Carrera 4S model can blast 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono package — an accomplishment it simply wouldn’t be able to match with a manual.
History of the PDK
The PDK was first introduced for Porsche motorsports in the 1980s. From the start, the new PDK technology demonstrated an advantage over traditional transmission setups. Race drivers could leave a foot on the gas while shifting, which resulted in superior dynamics for high-performance driving. By 2008, this technology was finally ready for everyday consumers, debuting as an available seven-speed on the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S. In 2009, the all-new Panamera featured the PDK as standard equipment.
The PDK Today
Most of today’s Porsche vehicles are equipped with a PDK. All Panamera models come with a seven-speed version, and all Macan models carry an eight-speed. 718 and 911 models offer the PDK as an option — one that’s chosen for more than 75 percent of sales. The 911 GT3 RS features a specialized PDK with more speed, shorter gear ratios, and optimized gear steps.
To experience the best of a manual gearbox and automatic transmission in one high-tech package, visit Porsche of Spokane and test-drive one of our many PDK-equipped models.