Crown

Forum - Thread


    997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

    This week I had the chance to test drive a 997S Cab 2 with PDK.  Well, I took the car for a mountain road I know very well, and started to test the S properly Smiley All I can say is that I just started to play with PDK buttons, as if I had this system on my car for 10 years, I´m really stuned by all internet criticism towards the "counter intuitive buttons" , they are perfect and feet like a glove for me. I made many miles on mountain roads for the first time on PDK car, and not for a single moment, I even thought on which gear I was or should be, I was having fun and driving the hell out of it in manual mode SC+. I was like " what the hell those guys were talking about, these buttons are as intuitive as making a turning signal". Really, I´m bummed why so many people are having problems with this system.

    As to the PDK, it´s fast indeed, but up-shifts aren´t lightning fast as many as stated, you still have a very small delay, even with SC+ on. Down-shifts are really fast. PDK gives the chance to choose several settings for several kind of driving moods, which is great, and it works like a limo on normal automatic mode, being very smooth between gears. Even when I was with steering wheel almost locked, I could easily change gears due to this wonderful push/pull buttons system. I had already drove Gallardo e-gear and M5 and loved the padlles system, didn´t had absulately any dificulty with it either, so after all the "PDK drama" I really wasn´t expecting to drive it and use it in such intuitive way.
    The fact you can use the stick, can give you some how the placebo feeling you´re driving a manual so...Smiley

    As to other general aspects, I find the chassi to be far more solid and stiff than my previous 996 Cab, very rigid for a Cab. Tires were a bit worn but even so the S was glue to tarmac, it felt very communicative, predictable and safe to drive fast, GREAT GREAT chassi. Engine sound at idle is a desgrace, kind of dieseling kind of sound, but after 3000rpm is pure joy.
    I played and slide with it easily (safe areaSmiley) but when I tried to make a 180º slide, it wasn´t easy, with a manual, I would have drop the clucth with half accelerator and the job was done, but with PDK is not so simple.

    Car I tested was a demo. It had 19000Km of test drives including some days at the track, and the  feeling this car had, was amazing, like a brand new product. Everything felt solid and robust , which goes in favour of Porsche build quality. I just hope these new DFI engine to be bullet proof, has even the 997 I Gen. are having some isseus on this regard.

    One last word for the white color this car had. I always hated white on a sports car, it´s a color suited for Bentleys, Rolls and big Mercedes, although now, it´s the fashion color to have on any car. I really liked to see the Carrera in white , it showed very well the beautiful lines this car has. I still can´t order a white car for me, but definitely changed my mind about this color, i´ts beautiful indeed, specialy at night where it stands out much more than any other.

    After the test I place an order for a Black/beije 997S Cab2 PDK, with LSD Smiley for end July delivery Smiley Always had manual Porsche before this one, but decided to go for PDK to try the new driving aproach PDK provides.

    Enjoy the pics...

    White 997S

    J.Seven


    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

     Thank you for posting your detailed experience. Like many of us, I'm wrestling with the PDK vs manual decision and it's helpful to hear what everyone else thinks.


    --
    2007 Carrera S Cab

    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

    Thanks for the write up!


    --

    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

     Excellent summary.  I am still having some problems getting used to the steering wheel buttons.  The downshift "underside" seems to fall more readily to my finger than the "topside" upshift falls to my thumb. I do enjoy the stick shifting which does require one pay attention to the tachometer!  I am very enthusiastic about PDK, but  I can certainly understand those who wish to remain true to the manual transmission. I don't see the choice as right or wrong as many often frame it. Whatever configuration gives the individual driver the most pleasure and satisfaction is the correct choice. I do believe that PDK provides a far less compromised choice than any previous two pedal transmission. I agree that the idle of the 3.8 DFI engine is uninspiring to put it mildly. I hope to hear the PSE at the dealer sometime soon and then decide if the retrofit will improve the sound sufficiently to justify the cost. Congratulations on your order!  I have no regrets w/ the PDK in my C2S Cab.  Now you just have to wait for delivery!!


    --
    Carpe Diem


    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

    Thanks for your write up!

    I am very glad you found the PDK  interface  functional and not at all counter-intuitive. I agree 100% with your comment in this respect after 7000kms with my car. Up till now I thought there was something wrong with me Smiley, because everyone on rennteam is knocking the Porsche interface. I am glad that I've found at least one other person to have the same opinion.

    You will enjoy your new car very much, it's very fast with great real world performance and very robust and you can use it every day for all your needs.


    --
    It's not where you're going, it's how you get there that counts

    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

    great news indeed !!!

    Many congrats, and good luck with the wait !!!



    --

    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

    Great report, thanks for sharing your impressions.

    Great pic also, 997.2 looks really good in white.


    --

    The secret of life is to admire without desiring.


    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

     

     

    Nice picture on the Guincho road!

    Brings back very good memories.

    Thank you!!


    Re: 997S Cab2 PDK Drive test

    Thanks for the review my friend.

    As I told you, I would definatley go for the PDK. This is the gearbox of 2009. Of course, you have to get used to and 180 Degree spins are more difficult, but over the full range the PDK has only advantages.


     
    Edit

    Forum

    Board Subject Last post Rating Views Replies
    Porsche Sticky SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA 2/14/19 1:26 AM
    watt
    330832 2045
    Porsche Sticky The moment I've been waiting for... 2/16/19 2:13 AM
    Pilot
     
     
     
     
     
    217611 1114
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: 991.2 GT3 RS (2018) 2/15/19 11:05 AM
    RCA
    145439 2579
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: The new Porsche 992 – a design icon and high-tech sports car 2/15/19 11:10 AM
    RCA
    60014 793
    Porsche Sticky Paint protection film 2/16/19 9:52 AM
    AP911
    16114 148
    Porsche Sticky Child seats in a 991 11/29/18 3:43 PM
    RCA
    14639 35
    Porsche Sticky OFFICIAL: 992 Carrera Cabriolet 2/16/19 3:33 PM
    the-missile
    9817 126
    Porsche Sticky Welcome to Rennteam: Cars and Coffee... (photos) 2/16/19 3:13 PM
    Upsa
    2890 58
    Porsche OFFICIAL: 991 Turbo and Turbo S 1/4/19 7:02 PM
    Topspeed
    486752 4255
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New 991.2 GT3 (2017) 1/29/19 10:07 PM
    nberry
    421685 5220
    Porsche 992 (Next 911 generation 2019/2020) Thread Closed 11/29/18 11:38 AM
    RCA
    316902 3195
    Porsche OFFICIAL: 911 R (2016) 12/31/18 2:19 AM
    DJM48
    286506 2598
    Porsche Cayman GT4 2/14/19 7:29 PM
    WhoopsyM
    280246 2759
    Porsche OFFICIAL: 911 GT2 RS (2017) 1/30/19 3:10 AM
    ha
    218863 2777
    Ferrari 488 GTB/GTS 1/17/19 8:13 PM
    GoHardGT3RS
    195493 1789
    McLaren McLaren on a winning streak 2/16/19 10:26 AM
    Rossi
    191065 3352
    Others Audi R8 V10 Plus (2016 model) - Review (updated Feb 13th 2017) 12/17/18 12:42 PM
    RCA
    157587 2491
    Porsche Boxster Spyder (981) 8/31/18 10:25 AM
    WAY
    144565 757
    Ferrari Ferrari F12 Berlinetta / 599 GTO Successor 5/22/18 9:16 PM
    RCA
    112969 789
    Others VW caught cheating emissions tests 5/3/18 7:52 PM
    CGX car nut
    107881 871
    Porsche Porsche Mission E - the future of Porsche? 2/15/19 9:29 PM
    CGX car nut
    98555 1365
    Porsche Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design 12/7/18 10:15 PM
    Boxster Coupe GTS
    68791 673
    Others Tesla Roadster 2/13/19 8:40 AM
    RCA
    57145 1723
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New 991.2 Carrera GTS models 11/3/18 11:09 AM
    bluelines
    48361 477
    Others Tesla Model X Thread Closed 2/23/18 3:41 PM
    RCA
    43551 1122
    AMG AMG GT R 11/30/18 4:10 PM
    RCA
    43103 605
    Lambo Aventador and SV 11/19/18 8:31 AM
    RCA
    40821 472
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New 991.2 Turbo S Exclusive Series (2017) 12/4/18 3:17 PM
    BiTurbo
    40576 650
    AMG Mercedes E63 S AMG (2018) - Short Review (updated on a regular basis) 2/14/19 1:44 PM
    RCA
    40181 387
    Porsche OFFICIAL: New Porsche Carrera T 12/13/18 2:27 PM
    RCA
    39160 804
    269 items found, displaying 1 to 30.