Dual clutch transmissions are nothing new. In fact, more than a few carmakers like Mercedes-Benz and Ford have their own versions of this innovative piece of automotive kit. But probably one of the most passionate advocates is Porsche.
While its name, Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, may be a tongue-twister, the PDK, for easier reference, has become a fixture in the Porsche lineup. It was first seen in the 1960s when the German sports car brand began experimenting in motorsports. It again made an appearance around two decades later in the Porsche 956 Group C racer.
Yet it was only in the 2000s when Porsche really began employing it in its commercial lineup. First seen in the 997 iteration of the 911, it eventually found its way to the rest of the range.
Just like most other dual clutch gearboxes, Porsche’s PDK utilizes one clutch each for the odd and even set of gears. But what Porsche is proud of is the lightning quick reflexes that its system demonstrates. It also claims that its tranny is more reliable and can be fun to drive yet still usable for the daily grind.
But if you really want to know more about Porsche Doppel, err, PDK, then watch this short feature video. You just might learn a thing or tow, including how to properly pronounce the name.