Posted by: porschebahn | August 22, 2009

Sport Steering Wheel With Shift Paddles – Now Available for Turbo Coupe And Turbo Cabriolet

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The new 911 Turbo in combination with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) offers a 3-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles (Option 840) for the first time for customers who require particularly sporty shift characteristics.

The shift paddles, which have their origins in motor sports, are secured behind the right-hand and left-hand spokes of the steering wheel and are used for changing gears.  The shift function and shift characteristics of the paddles have been largely adopted from the Porsche RS Spyder. The right-hand paddle is embossed with “+” for upshifting and the left-hand one with “-” for downshifting.

The high-quality shift paddles are made from metal (die-cast zinc) and have a silver-colored galvanized surface similar to the trim on the steering wheel spokes. The shift paddles are sickleshaped and jut up above the steering wheel spokes. This long shape makes it possible to ensure manual gear changes across a wide range of individual steering wheel positions. In combination with the optional Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the 3-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles also features additional function displays. On this steering wheel , the “SPORT” or “SPORT PLUS” and “LAUNCH CONTROL” displays are in the left-hand or right-hand steering wheel spoke.

The new 3-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles is available in all 9 interior colors. Because of its markedly sporty character, this steering wheel is not available in combination with multi-function, decorative variants and heated steering wheel.

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