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Porsche Acronyms
Written by Michael Souza (aka Gator Bite), January 2007

As you spend more time reading about Porsches and surfing web forums, chances are you're going to come across an acronym or two that make absolutely no sense to you.  Here's a list of many common acronyms and their meanings.

 

Porsche Acronyms (terms relating to your car)

ABD

Automatic Brake Differential

ABS

Anti-lock Brake System

ASR

Anti Slip Regulation

PASM

Porsche Active Suspension Management

PCCB

Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes

PCM

Porsche Communication Management

PDK

Porsche Doppelkupplung (Dual Shaft Gearbox)

PIWIS

Porsche Integrated Workshop Information System (diagnostic tester)

POSIP

Porsche Side Impact Protection

PSE

Porsche Sport Exhaust

PSM

Porsche Stability Management

SC

Sport Chrono Package

TIP

Tiptronic S transmission (automatic)

TPMS

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

 

 

Porsche Model Numbers (internal codes used to identify different cars)

C2S

Porsche Carrera 2S - 993 available 1997-1998

C4S

Porsche Carrera 4S

CS or C7S

Porsche Cayman S

TT

Twin Turbo, usually added to a platform number like 993TT

901

Original model number given to the 911.  Changed to 911 because Peugeot owned the rights to all 3 digit model numbers with a 0 as their center digit.

904

Limited production mid engine car made in 1964 and 1965.  Powered by a 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engine.  aka - Carrera GT, Carrera GTS, 904/6 and 904/8.

906

Replacement to the 904.  65 were made in 1966.  aka - Carrera 6

911

The most quintessential Porsche model, made from 1964-1989.  Always powered by a rear mounted 6 cylinder engine.

912

Entry level 911 powered by the 356's 4 cylinder engine, 1965-1969.

914

A mid engine entry level street Porsche made from 1969-1976.

924

Entry level Porsche made from 1976-1988 w/front mounted water cooled 4 cylinder engine.

928

GT car was made from 1978-1995 w/front mounted water cooled V-8.

944

Front engine all Porsche version of the 924 built from 1982-1991.

951

Porsche 944 Turbo from 1986 - 1991

964

The replacement to the 911, sold from 1989-1992 sharing the 911's rear engine format and looks.

968

The ultimate evolution of the 944, sold from 1992-1995.  This was the first Porsche to ever have Vario-Cam.  Known as a great daily driver.

981

Second Generation Cayman platform from Spring 2013 as a MY 2014 to present, shared with Boxster.

986

Porsche Boxster platform from 1997 - 2004

987

Porsche Boxster / First Generation Cayman platform from 2005 - 2012

987.1

Porsche Cayman platform from 2006 - 2008

987.2

Porsche Cayman platform from 2009 - 2012

993

Replacement of the 964, sharing the 911's rear engine format and looks.  Sold from 1993-1998.  The first 911 derivative to use hydraulic lifters.

996

Replacement of the 993.  Sold from 1999-2004.  The first water cooled 4 valve per cylinder derivative of the 911.

997

Replacement of the 996 sold from 2005-2012.

991

Replacement of the 997 sold from 2012-.

 

 

Car Club Acronyms (terms relating to car club events)

AX or AutoX

Autocross (Porsche Club of America)

DE

Driver Education track event (Porsche Club of America)

ET

Elapsed Time

HPDE

High Performance Drivers Education

PCA

Porsche Club of America

PCNA

Porsche Cars North America

 

 

General Auto Acronyms (terms you're likely to encounter on this and other websites)

BT

Blue Tooth

CAN

Controller Area Network (internal high speed network)

CATBACK

Aftermarket exhaust system from the CATalytic converters BACK to the tips (as opposed to a FULL system)

CROC

Slang term for the Porsche Cayman referring to it's name sake the Caiman Crocodilus

ECU

Electronic Control Unit

HID

High Intensity Discharge (also known as Xenon lights)

LED

Light Emitting Diode

MAF

Mass Air Flow Sensor

MOST

Media-Oriented Systems Transport (fiber optic network for multimedia)

OBD/OBD II

On-Board Diagnostics (EOBD - Europe On-Board Diagnostics)

MY

Model Year

P-CAR

Porsche Car/Vehicle

ROW

Rest Of World (cars made for markets other than USA)

WOT

Wide Open Throttle

 

 

Internet Expressions (general terms you're likely to encounter on this and other websites)

AFAIK

As Far As I Know

BTW

By The Way

IMHO

In My Humble Opinion

OTOH

On The Other Hand

PM

Private Message

ROFL

Rolling On the Floor Laughing

ROFLMAO

Rolling On the Floor Laughing My A** Off

WTF

What the F*** (expletive) [not very polite]

WTH

What the heck / What the h*** (expletive)

YMMV

Your Mileage May Vary


Cayman Indiosyncrasies
The Cayman has a few idiosyncrasies that might not be familiar to first time Porsche owners. Like them or not “they are what they are” and knowing about them in advance of a problem may help some of us out of a jam. It's all in the manual.

FAQ Information:

This FAQ section was written by Santa Fe and was last revised in December, 2009.

 


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