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I took my '08 S to the snow for the first time around Christmas. First time I ever used the low range and locking differential. Is Porsche getting rid of the low range and locking diff for the 2011 models? The transmission has to go into low mode first before the differential can be locked

After doing some research, I found the Offroad Technology Package is a seldom ordered option that gives some of the differential locking capabilities described in the owners manual. Are they going to make low range an option like this?

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I took my '08 S to the snow for the first time around Christmas. First time I ever used the low range and locking differential.

That does absolutely nothing to help in snow. To be honest, engaging the low range and locking the differential might even be harmful since you're on the road and its not really designed to be used at speed.

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I took my '08 S to the snow for the first time around Christmas. First time I ever used the low range and locking differential.

That does absolutely nothing to help in snow. To be honest, engaging the low range and locking the differential might even be harmful since you're on the road and its not really designed to be used at speed.

Side road to a lake. Solid ice mixed with deep snow. Very low speeds. Very impressive being able to drive through that stuff

I think the low range and locked differential is limited to something like 35 or 40 MPH.

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That does absolutely nothing to help in snow.

I would respectfully disagree with you as I was just trying to get through moguls on parking lot in St Moritz. the only way to move was to put in low and lock

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That does absolutely nothing to help in snow.

I would respectfully disagree with you as I was just trying to get through moguls on parking lot in St Moritz. the only way to move was to put in low and lock

Really doesn't make sense...but whatever.

In fact, I believe the traction control becomes disabled when the system is locked (it's been a while so not 100% sure)...Which only further confuses me as to why this would be a good idea. I tried this a couple years ago on roads covered with a foot and a half of snow and trust me, doesn't help. Perhaps in your situation it worked b/c the traction control was sensing no traction and left you dead; thus by engaging the system it turned the trac off and allowed the wheels to spin making you feel like it worked.

Again, if you think about snow driving, it doesn't make sense that you'd want to be in an even lower (i.e. reduced) gear.

Now...if you were going to climb up a solid snow mountain (i.e. snowbank packed tightly)...

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PSM off is all you need to move thru snow/sand. High revs

Low to climb over the snow bank at the end of the drive after the plow goes thru

That does absolutely nothing to help in snow.

I would respectfully disagree with you as I was just trying to get through moguls on parking lot in St Moritz. the only way to move was to put in low and lock

Really doesn't make sense...but whatever.

In fact, I believe the traction control becomes disabled when the system is locked (it's been a while so not 100% sure)...Which only further confuses me as to why this would be a good idea. I tried this a couple years ago on roads covered with a foot and a half of snow and trust me, doesn't help. Perhaps in your situation it worked b/c the traction control was sensing no traction and left you dead; thus by engaging the system it turned the trac off and allowed the wheels to spin making you feel like it worked.

Again, if you think about snow driving, it doesn't make sense that you'd want to be in an even lower (i.e. reduced) gear.

Now...if you were going to climb up a solid snow mountain (i.e. snowbank packed tightly)...

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Is anyone else having to re-access their Cayenne replacement? I was all set to order an 11' when they were released to replace my current S. I must be one of the few owners that use its off-road capability... Without low-range it just won't do.....

I've been waiting for information on the new model release before deciding what year to purchase. Did you find this info on Porsches website?

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Is anyone else having to re-access their Cayenne replacement? I was all set to order an 11' when they were released to replace my current S. I must be one of the few owners that use its off-road capability... Without low-range it just won't do.....

I've been waiting for information on the new model release before deciding what year to purchase. Did you find this info on Porsches website?

Low range and locking diffs are expected to be optional (like on the current Mercedes ML). Rumour is that on the normal cars PDK will be used whereas the off-road optioned cars will be fitted with a torque converter automatic.

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Low range and locking diffs are expected to be optional (like on the current Mercedes ML). Rumour is that on the normal cars PDK will be used whereas the off-road optioned cars will be fitted with a torque converter automatic.

So just internet rumors and no real facts as of yet. I've emailed a few dealers several times but no reply to date.

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Is anyone else having to re-access their Cayenne replacement? I was all set to order an 11' when they were released to replace my current S. I must be one of the few owners that use its off-road capability... Without low-range it just won't do.....

I've been waiting for information on the new model release before deciding what year to purchase. Did you find this info on Porsches website?

Just internet rumors... Porsche dealer isn't sure yet. I use the low range to descend an incredibly steep access way when wet. (The "road" is really a dirt track that becomes incredibly slick when it rains).... Just put it in low and steer... Cayenne TT does the rest.

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