Porsche Hybrids Will Only Be Available With PDK Transmissions

Porsche is one of the few companies that champions the manual transmission but don’t go looking for a stick in a hybrid variant.

Speaking at the unveiling of the third-generation Cayenne, Porsche engineer Dr. Gernot Döllner told Road & Track the company won’t offer a manual transmission on models equipped with hybrid technology. As he explained, hybrid and electric powertrains can only be efficient when paired to automatic transmissions.

The reasoning seems to make sense as modern automatics are more fuel-efficient than their manual counterparts. Offering a less efficient transmission on a hybrid model would seemingly negate the purpose of the vehicle.

While it’s doubtful that Cayenne and Panamera hybrid owners would mourn the absence of a manual transmission, it brings up some interesting questions about a possible 911 hybrid. Döllner’s statement seems to suggest the model would only be available with a PDK gearbox like a handful of other 911s.

Of course, we don’t have to worry about the issue quite yet as Porsche’s head of 911 development recently confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid variant have been dropped. The decision was reportedly made last year as the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”

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  • Jp

    I am not surprised. When you have an EV-only mode, you can’t have a manual box. It’s as simple as that.

    There are a few manual hybrids, I owned a CRZ, and the new Swift has a similar architecture; in this case the electric engine is just a “boost”, but it can’t run in EV-only mode, and thus it is less efficient, especially in the city where hybrids are the most economical.

  • dufonrafal .

    The title is wrong, if Porsche Hybrids won’t be available with a manual, it doesn’t mean that only the PDK will be available.

    The Cayenne hybrid will likely use an Aisin torque converter.

  • White970

    You’re getting it wrong.

    Porsche offers two kinds of automatics:


    “Regular” Automatic

    The PDK is their dual clutch system, whereas the “regular” automatic is the regular torque converter setup.

    On the Panamera 970.2 where they offered a plug-in hybrid, it was not possible to put in a PDK system because apparently they couldn’t fit it in. Now, that they have figured out how to do it with the Panamera 971, the regular automatic setup will not be found anywhere.

    The hybrids were the only cars in their lineup that did not have a PDK setup, so if I’m not mistaken, now the only choice would be either PDK or manual, if there was an option. What Dr. Gernot Döllner meant was that the regular automatic transmission won’t be found anywhere, it will only be a PDK setup, and then further clarifies that hybrid systems will ONLY be available with an automatic system, which will only be of the PDK variant.

  • Infinite1

    Nothing new here

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