5. Could it be even faster?
Certainly. Even just swapping out the manual for the PDK dual clutch transmission would speed things up. But that’s not all.
Hypothetically, the fastest possible setting for the Carrera 4S would be to turn stability control full-off and engage the most responsive Sport Plus setting while letting the rev-match function ensure the most consistent heel-toe. Unfortunately, even in Sport Plus, once Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is switched off, the rev-match feature is disengaged.
Some would argue that anyone who can or would want to drive with PSM off would also likely know how to execute a proper heel-toe. That may be true, but as Porsche’s seven-speed PDK automatic has proved, machines make a faster driver and any advantage the rev-match function might give is taken away the second PSM is turned off.
Porsche PR reps were equally surprised when we brought up this “Easter egg” with them, but explained away any concern commenting that with just a 20 percent take rate for the manual and a smaller percentage of those being Sport Chrono equipped models, it’s not of concern to very many folks. Besides, we were told, only the most elite driver could drive the 911 faster with PSM-off, rather than just use Sport Plus mode.
That sounds like a theory we’d like to test!