Porsche’s push-pull buttons
Porsche’s seamlessly smooth, seriously swift ‘PDK’ double-clutch gearbox was first fitted in the 911 back in 2008. The definitive sports car gets the best gearbox in the world – what a moment! Or it would’ve been, if Porsche hadn’t ruined it.
See, instead of paddleshifters, Porsche fitted clicky buttons on each side of the steering wheel. Push either, and the gearbox changed up a gear. Pull either one back, and the gearbox dropped a gear. Apart from letting a driver change gear manually while driving one-handed, the system appeared to offer no real benefit, and everyone found it thoroughly confusing.
So, Porsche started offering a paddleshift wheel as an option, and later binned the buttons entirely. Thank goodness that happened before the 918 Spyder was finished…