Old cogs, new trick

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Yes, the gears in the 981-gen­er­a­tion Porsche Boxster/cay­man’s are too long (‘New v Used’, evo 238), but if you re­fer to the Shark­w­erks Cay­man GT4 re­view in evo 234 you will find that if you head State­side with enough dol­lars there is an ex­pen­sive so­lu­tion to this prob­lem.

How­ever, I have em­ployed a much more cost- ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion on my own

Cay­man. Now the glo­ri­ous 7800rpm red line of its flat-six equates to 43, 77 and 107mph in sec­ond, third and fourth gears re­spec­tively. How have I done this? By sim­ply ‘adding one’ to the num­ber dis­played in the gear in­di­ca­tor in the rev counter!

Ad­mit­tedly, this so­lu­tion works much bet­ter with PDK than a man­ual – with the lat­ter you have to imag­ine there’s a first gear on a dog-leg – but oth­er­wise it trans­forms the Cay­man’s overly long gear­ing, en­sur­ing the engine’s up­per reaches can be ex­pe­ri­enced to the full on ev­ery oc­ca­sion. Mark Richard­son

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