Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is a seven-speed transmission with an "automatic" and a "manual" selection mode.
In automatic selection mode (selector lever position D), gear changing is automatic.
You can change temporarily from automatic to manual mode using the shift buttons or shift paddles on the steering wheel.
In manual selection mode (selector lever position M), you change gear using the shift buttons or shift paddles on the steering wheel or with the PDK selector lever.
You can change between selector lever position D and M as you wish while driving.
Take care not to operate the shift buttons or shift paddles on the steering wheel inadvertently in either automatic or manual mode, thereby triggering undesired gear changes.
Changing the selector lever position The selector lever is locked when the ignition is switched off.
When the ignition is switched on, the selector lever can be moved from position P and N only when the release button is pressed, and when the brake pedal is pressed.
The release button (arrow) in the selector lever prevents the gear from being changed unintentionally.
The release button must be pressed when shifting to position R or P.
The engine can be started only if the brake pedal is depressed and the selector lever is in position P or N.
Only select the desired position for driving off (D, M or R) when the engine is idling and the brake pedal is depressed.
Since the vehicle creeps when in gear, do not release the brake until you want to move off.
After selecting a gear, do not accelerate until you can feel that the gear is engaged.
Driving off on hills
The Drive-Off Assistant assists the driver when moving off on hills. The vehicle is held on the slope for a short time during the change from the brake pedal to the accelerator in order to allow driving off directly after the brake is released.
Please see the chapter "DRIVE-OFF ASSISTANT" on page 146.