Re: Does PDK always use 2nd gear start?
Apparently, it does. From an insideline.com review of the Panamera 4S:
From the above, I'm a little unclear as to whether the car will start in 1st gear in Sport Plus, but it looks like you get 2nd gear start in both Normal and Sport mode. And no, this does not apply to the 987 w/ PDK. As far as I know both Boxster and Cayman start in 1st gear regardless of what mode you're in.
While flawless in the hills, the ZF-built PDK transmission is not perfect in the real world, despite the three different drive modes it offers. In Comfort mode it's way too lazy. In Sport mode it wakes up nicely but it still starts in 2nd gear (which we hate). And in Sport Plus it won't shift up to 7th gear, even if you jump on the highway. Many times we would look down while slamming the left lane to find ourselves in 6th.
// Interpol / 2014 981 Cayman S / White
// PDK / PASM / PTV / SC+ / PCM / PDLS / LDP
// Borla cat-back exhaust / TiKORE titanium lug bolts
// 2009 987.2 Cayman S / Carrara White / PDK / traded in 06.2013
// 2006 987.1 Cayman S / Speed Yellow / 6MT / traded in 08.2009