2009 Porsche Boxster S

Don Sherman

The PDK box's track mode holds each gear to the redline, and downshifts entering bends are smoother and quicker than you can say "heel and toe." That's great, because maintaining a grip on the wheel and tapping the spoke-mounted shift buttons on cue is a challenge. When this shortcoming was voiced to R&D boss Wolfgang Durheimer, he confided that a fix - optional paddle shifters - is in the works. We are thrilled.

The $64 question is whether these Boxster/Cayman improvements will be enough to sway Porsche's die-hard rear-engine contingent in favor of the company's theoretically superior driveline configuration. We're guessing no. But as long as Porsche continues serving both camps, we have nothing to complain about.

2 of 2

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price


new cars

Read Related Articles