When Porsche launched the top-of-the-range 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS4.0, Cayman GT4, and Spyder models, they were billed as the ultimate enthusiast-focused midship machine, thus the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox was never offered on these models. Well, not until now.
As reported earlier this year, Porsche has now announced that all 718 models will now be available with a PDK transmission option, along with some additional minor aesthetic options and new interior upholstery as part of the 2021 model year changes.
With the new dual-clutch transmission fitted, the 718 Cayman GT4 and Spyder now does the century sprint in just 3.9 seconds, an impressive half a second faster than the row-your-own-gears counterparts. The improvement is identical on the GTS 4.0 Boxster and Cayman models, now reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 4.0 seconds as compared to 4.5 seconds from before.
Aside from plain faster acceleration figures, the new PDK-equipped 718 models also benefits from a new PDK Sport mode for maximum performance, a shorter ratio on the seventh gear, as well as an enhanced mechanical locking rear differential with locking values of 30% and 37%, compared to 22% and 27% on the manual siblings. Porsche says that the new differential set-up improves longitudinal and lateral dynamics as well as traction.
The Sport Chrono package also comes as standard on all PDK-equipped models, which adjusts the gearshift characteristics according to the selected driving mode, alongside launch control, and a Sport Response button which activates maximum engine and transmission performance for 20 seconds irrespective of the selected drive mode.
Now, the only question is will you choose the automatic PDK gearbox over a six-speed manual?