Porsches are designed for the road but with racetrack performance in mind. And Porsche are constantly pushing the boundaries of technology and evolving for a better driver experience. As this advances it’s not always obvious when you look at a Porsche, what they have done to improve things because it’s under the hood.
One sport feature that I get asked about a lot is how to tell if a Porsche has PASM (Porsche Active Sport Management) or in layman’s terms “how freaking good does this thing handle a corner at 90mph?”
Here are 5 ways to tell if a Porsche has PASM
1.) Is the Porsche older than 2005?
If it is, it won’t have it. Porsche introduced PASM damping suspension on the 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S and optional on the 2005 Porsche 911.
2.) Do you feel it?
Even when PASM is on normal setting, it kicks in and adjusts to your changes in driving style, becoming firmer as dynamic forces increase. Buckle up!
3.) Slam on the brakes.
As soon as you apply the brakes PASM dampens to reduce body dive to ensure that there is a faster transmission of brake force on the road. For better surface contact to shorten stopping distance.
4.) Ask a question.
“Did this Porsche average five seconds faster than standard performance suspension on the Nürburgring?” If the answer is yes, and the Porsche owner passes your lie detection (doesn’t flinch, blink or look at their feet) it has PASM.