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Best gear to pull away with ;)

When engine is cold (well my V6 did this) it would automatically select 1 or it gives you the choice if your towing / on an incline / require a more spirited take off you can drop it to 1

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Cayenne S is the same.... but you should know like gdavison mentioned...

According to Porsche the Cayenne's , when cold starting, run in 1st for a few seconds. This is programmed into

the transmission computer in order to "warm up" the catalytic converters faster within the first few seconds....

Once Cats are hot, then 2nd gear is the default gear for starting accelleration from stop... No matter how aggressive

you drive... 1st gear can only be select with "manual mode" or flicking tip button to downshift at stop...

Personally, I really don't like driving our Cayenne S without using "manual mode" stick shift... my wife drives the car fairly

easy.. Then when i jump into it the transmission programing is for easy driving where I like to drive aggressively...

it never seems to learn fast enough for my driving style, so I automatically drive it like a manual all the time..

Then I can put it into first gear when ever I come to a stop... but that's me... my wife hates my driving .. haha..

Makes for a much funner experience if you ask me...

all the best


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  • 11 months later...

How do you turn off DSM? Is this a dealer's item or can I program it at home?

Look for the "PSM OFF" button on your center console. I've never heard of this causing the transmission to start off in first, but I'd want to leave the PSM on while piloting my 5000+ lb. SUV down the road.

All modern automatic transmissions (and, incidentally, all recent dual-clutch variants like PDK and DSG) are programmed to start off in second gear for comfort unless it's a cold start. The slip action of the torque converter allows second gear to be used in most stoplight situations and on some hills without damage or lack of torque. The dual-clutch boxes slip their wet clutches to approximate the same behavior. If you engage manual or kickdown mode with the tip switch, shifter or your throttle, the car will start in first without complaint.

Doing the same in a manual transmission might burn a clutch, which is why it's best to start in first gear if you drive stick.


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