The SPORT button on the centre console is fitted as standard. When selected, ‘Sport’ mode is activated to provide a greater response and enhanced driving pleasure. The engine reacts even more directly to the accelerator pedal, the rev-limiter is adjusted to a harder setting and engine dynamics are tuned for performance driving. At the same time, the auto start/stop function is deactivated automatically.
With optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the shift points are reconfigured to offer higher and even sportier rpm bands. Shift times are reduced and gearshifts become firmer and more immediate, while throttle-blip downshifts are accompanied by an even more emotive engine sound. Coasting mode is deactivated automatically.
Better performance would normally be impossible to achieve without more intensive training. In the Cayman models, it comes at the push of a button. The optional Sport Chrono Package provides simultaneous enhancement for the chassis, engine and transmission – accompanied by an even more emotive sound.
In addition to the performance display, a digital and an analogue stopwatch, the Sport Chrono Package also includes dynamic gearbox mounts. Another component is the SPORT PLUS button. When this is pressed, optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) switches to ‘Sport’ mode for harder damping and more direct steering and, therefore, even more intensive road holding.
The trigger threshold for PSM is raised. Agility is perceptibly enhanced when braking for corners with PSM, allowing even sportier braking and exit acceleration. For even greater dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in SPORT PLUS mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required.
The throttle-blip function produces even sportier gearshifts. A managed burst of throttle ensures smooth load changes for increased stability and makes the gearshift process an even more engaging experience. In conjunction with optional PDK, the Sport Chrono Package comes with two additional functions for a sporty drive that borders on a motorsport experience. The first is ‘Launch Control’, which is designed to produce a racing start.
The second function is the ‘motorsport- derived gearshift strategy’. In this mode, PDK is designed for very short shift times and optimum shift points, while torque boosts during gear changes provide the maximum acceleration available. This involving experience is further enhanced by overrun downshifts and the throttle-blip function for uncompromising driving pleasure.
An additional display in the steering wheel and instrument cluster indicates whether the SPORT or SPORT PLUS buttons and, with PDK, Launch Control have been activated. In conjunction with optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM), a special display enables you to view, store and evaluate lap times or other driving times. It shows the total driving time, lap distance, lap number and lap times recorded so far.