April 30, 2004

Six cylinder Porsche Cayenne to get 6-speed manual transmission

Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche announced that its third Cayenne model, simply named Cayenne and powered by a six-cylinder engine, receives a six-speed manual gearbox in the 2005 model year.

The newly developed six-speed manual gearbox has an aluminum gearbox casing and a familiar Porsche gearshift pattern. Like Porsche’s sports cars, the Cayenne manual gearbox features a short-throw action, and reverse is in its own gate at the front left and is fitted with a spring lock to prevent unintentional shifts.

The Cayenne with a manual gearbox accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds (compared to 9.7 seconds for the Cayenne with the Tiptronic(R) S automatic transmission).

This new Cayenne model also introduces the Porsche Drive-Off Assistant (PDOA) system, which enables the driver to easily set the Cayenne in forward or reverse motion on steep gradients. With the engine running and the vehicle at a standstill, the driver can engage a gear using the clutch and brake pedals and PDOA automatically maintains brake pressure when the driver releases the brake pedal or parking brake. Once the driver begins to engage the clutch, PDOA releases the brake pressure and allows the Cayenne to set off smoothly. If the driver interrupts the process, PDOA immediately applies brake pressure. Since PDOA is not intended to replace the parking brake, the system is deactivated when the engine is switched off.

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