In an earlier post, we talked about the new mode selection knob that comes on your Porsche's steering wheel if you order a new 991.2 Carrera with Sport Chrono package. Where the other modes are relatively simple to explain, and set in their ways, Individual mode is more complex in that it conforms to your personal ideals and driving styles. When we had the opportunity to try it out for ourselves, we were initially baffled on how to get to the setting menu, so we asked some folks from Porsche. They taught us how, so we can teach you how. In the end, it's worth getting it right, because you can set this mode any way you want, and it'll do just what you please. There are a few steps involved in setting it up, but once complete, you can switch to Individual mode for a driving experience as unique as you are.
Step 1 -
Using this stalk on the right side of the steering column, toggle through the available menus until you get to one that looks like this.
Step 2 -
Push that same stalk forward toward the front of the car.
This is the 'Vehicle' screen. Scroll down until you get to the 'Settings' selection. Push forward on the stalk to select it.
Step 3 -
This will bring you to the 'Settings' display. Scroll down until you get to the 'Individual' heading, and push forward again to select it.
Step 4 -
Once you're in the 'Individual' screen, you can now begin to select the settings that belong to your 'Individual' setting on the knob. From here, you can select your shift points and throttle response settings, whether you want auto start/stop mode engaged, whether you want the chassis in sport or comfort modes, whether you want your exhaust loud or quiet, and even whether the spoiler is deployed or remains down.
So how is this helpful?
Well, here are a couple of settings that I would select given certain circumstances.
Lets say you live in an area with less than great road surfaces. You probably wouldn't want the stiffer 'sport chassis' selection so that you can still have the compliance and impact absorption needed for such a road, but you want to add a little bit of dynamism to your drive. Then you can select the Sport+ setting and leave the PSE flaps open to give you the throttle response, the shift holding ability, and the louder sound for a back-roads drive.
Here's another example. You've found a nice back road with luxurious billiard-table smooth pavement, but you want to take things a little easier this time. You'd like the have the handling ability of the sport chassis, but can go without the frenetic engine revs and instant-on throttle response of the Sport+ mode or the loud exhaust tone. Setting your Individual mode this way could be right for you.
How would you use the Individual mode?