2017-2018 Macan – Manual

2017-2018 Macan – Manual

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Driving with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is a sevenspeed transmission featuring an automatic and a manual selection mode.

Gear changes are automatic in automatic selection mode (selector lever position D).

The gearshift paddles on the steering wheel can be used to switch temporarily from automatic to manual selection mode.

In manual selection mode (selector lever position M) the gearshifts are achieved with the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel or with the PDK selector lever.

When driving, the driver can switch between selector lever positions D and M as desired.

  • Make sure that the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel are not accidentally operated in automatic and manual selection mode, triggering unintended gearshifts.

Fig. 247: Switching selector lever position

Switching selector lever position
When the ignition is switched off, the selector lever is blocked in position P.
When the ignition is switched on, the selector lever can only be moved from position P and N if the release button is pressed and the brake pedal is held down.

Release button
The release button (arrow) in the selector lever prevents unintentional selections.
To switch to position R or P press the release button.

Starting the engine
The engine can only be started if the brake pedal is pressed and the selector lever is in position P or N.

Driving off

  • Only select the desired drive setting for driving off (D, M or R) when the engine is idling and keep the brake pedal pressed.
  • Because the vehicle moves (creeps) when a gear is engaged, you should only release the brake when you want to drive off.

Driving off on gradients
The drive-off assistant provides support during hill starts. When switching from the brake to the accelerator pedal, the vehicle is held momentarily on the gradient so that it can drive off immediately after the brake is released.

  1. Please see chapter "HOLD Function: Drive-off Assistant, Standstill Management" on page 131.

Stopping the vehicle

  • When stopping briefly, e.g., at a traffic light, leave the selector lever in the drive position and stop the vehicle with the brake pedal.
  • Do not use the accelerator pedal to hold the vehicle on gradients. but use the brake pedal or electric parking brake instead.
  • Before leaving the vehicle, always activate the electric parking brake and place the selector lever in position P.

Parking the vehicle

  • Only accelerate gently!
  • When parking or maneuvering in tight spaces, control your speed through cautious use of the footbrake.
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