What we say driving dynamics, we mean the way a Porsche feels on the road in the way it can handle any situation with surprising confidence and poise. This translates into a comprehensive feeling of control and utter engagement between car and driver that permeates every minute of the journey. It also means that whether you are driving off-road in a Porsche Cayenne or on a track in a Porsche 911 or on a winding country road in a Porsche 718, the feeling of complete control is always present and never waivers. This is also true when driving in difficult conditions including snowy or icy weather. Part of this distinct driving personality is the advanced Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system found in most Porsche vehicles.
Enhanced Driving Dynamics in Almost Every Porsche
Porsche all-wheel drive is offered on every Porsche vehicle with the exception of the 718. On the 911, it is offered on most models as an option or standard on the Turbo lineup. In the Porsche Taycan, Porsche Macan, and Porsche Cayenne, it is standard.
The latest generation of the Porsche all-wheel-drive system or Porsche Traction Management system was introduced in 2018, 30 years after the original Porsche all-wheel drive system was introduced in the 964 Porsche 911.
The system is both complex and simple in its operation. A range of sensors actively and permanently monitor a range of variables including the speed of all four wheels, longitudinal and lateral accelerations, steering angle, and more. This continuous monitoring allows the system to adjust power distribution between the front and rear axles in order to maintain stability and ultimately enhance driving dynamics.
Perhaps the most distinct element of the PTM system aside from how quickly it reacts is how it is almost impossible for the driver to detect any changes in behaviour and more importantly, it is also nearly impossible to detect when the system is intervening. This is key because nothing would take away more from the driving experience than feeling like we no longer have control over the vehicle or what the wheels are doing. The Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system is designed to ensure that that never happens and that the vehicle you are driving continues to feel like it is reacting only to your inputs. In other words, the PTM system will intervene as needed, but never in a way that takes control away or distracts the driver from the driving experience.
It is also possible to adjust the level of input of the PTM system based on the driving mode that you have chosen or how the vehicle is being driven. Moreover, in its base configuration the Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system will send its power to the rear wheels when a more efficient and optimized power distribution is not necessary to create an even more engaging and direct drive.
The Porsche Traction Management system is different in the Cayenne and Macan and that includes additional functions to ensure optimal off-road handling as well. The goal is to ensure the same level of confidence and stability on complex off-road courses while preserving the feeling of control for the driver and ensuring predictability and stability in any situation, including winter.
As a matter of fact, the PTM system is one of the main reasons why Porsche vehicles do so well in winter. Every year, Porsche organizes ice challenges all over the world to demonstrate how the Porsche Traction Management system reacts in the most difficult conditions with limited grip and stability. Whether you are driving a Porsche 911 in a snowstorm or a Porsche Taycan up an icy hill, the Porsche Traction Management system provides absolute confidence in every setting.
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