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Old 04-27-2017, 03:45 AM
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Default 1st year for PDK w/paddle shifters in Cayman S?

Sorry for the n00b question, but what was the 1st year for PDK w/paddle shifters in Cayman S? Thanks!

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2009, when pdk box and dfi engine were concurrently introduced

to be perfectly precise, they were not paddles but push buttons at the 9 and 3 oclock positions of the steering wheel

the actual +/- paddles only appeared in the 2012 cayman r pdk model iirc
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:51 AM
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Not interested in the weird buttons, thanks.
So you're saying the paddles are in the Cayman R only?
You can't get them in any year Cayman S?
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The sport wheel with paddles was an option, you can retrofit the wheel.
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Old 04-27-2017, 03:32 PM
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Thanks, Joe! What years was it available as an option?
May be in the market for a pre-owned Cayman S and would like to find a PDK with the paddles, though it's good to know they car be retrofitted.
Thanks again!

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Seeing as though there are only a handful of 2009-2012 Cayman S PDK cars for sale anyway, I think you're going to be waiting a long time to find one with paddle shifters unless you opt for a 981. Suncoast sells the paddle shift steering wheel for $1000. There is a DIY for installation on this forum.

https://www.suncoastparts.com/product/PDKPADDLE.html
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The 981 is 2012-2016, so I went looking for a PDK for sale and found one with the weird buttons still in a 2014. What the hell was Porsche thinking with these awkward things?
I guess I'll just look for the right PDK car and plan on converting the wheel to paddles. Thanks, guys!

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Old 04-27-2017, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by tlarocque View Post
Seeing as though there are only a handful of 2009-2012 Cayman S PDK cars for sale anyway, I think you're going to be waiting a long time to find one with paddle shifters unless you opt for a 981. Suncoast sells the paddle shift steering wheel for $1000. There is a DIY for installation on this forum.

https://www.suncoastparts.com/product/PDKPADDLE.html
This. The Production numbers for 09-12 Cayman's is depressing, I suggest finding a car that checks off most of your options and retrofit the steering wheel and/or sport chrono.
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When your looking at the build sheet, the option your looking for if you want true paddles is "SportDesign Steering Wheel". The standard steering wheel and multi-function steering wheel had thumb buttons instead of paddles.

I don't think it was an option in 2009 or 2010 Caymans, introduced in 2011? Not 100% sure when they added it as an option, but sure it was NOT an option when the PDK Caymans were first introduced.. But as mentioned, you can retro-fit.
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Originally Posted by pfbz View Post
When your looking at the build sheet, the option your looking for if you want true paddles is "SportDesign Steering Wheel". The standard steering wheel and multi-function steering wheel had thumb buttons instead of paddles.

I don't think it was an option in 2009 or 2010 Caymans, introduced in 2011? Not 100% sure when they added it as an option, but sure it was NOT an option when the PDK Caymans were first introduced.. But as mentioned, you can retro-fit.
It was definitely an available for 2010 cars - Option #840 Sport Wheel with Shift Paddles. It was a $490 option at the time. I cannot believe that more cars did not come with this wheel. This is how it should have come standard from Porsche.


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My 2014 981S track car has PDK and paddles.
Came from factory that way, so was def part of the 981 platform. Not a MF steering wheel. Sport wheel.
Was not my build as I picked it up at 11,000 miles and then modified it for track use only.
Ironically, I very rarely use the paddles on the track. Once in a blue moon. The PDK is an amazingly smart transmission in Sport + on the track. Paddles are there, but rarely come into play on track. Not only keeps you in the right gear, but also knows what gear you're gonna need next.
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