Sorry, purists, but the PDK is quicker and it doesn’t murder fun

A lot of Porschephiles gave a standing ovation in front of their news feeds back in the summer of 2019 when Porsche introduced the 2020 718 Cayman GT4 and its topless twin, the 718 Boxster Spyder GT4.

Those same aficionados might not be so eager to jump for joy as Porsche plans to fit the 718 GT4 siblings with its lightning-quick PDK gearbox. Fret not, though: the manual won’t be dropped.

Say what you will, but we love the idea of a PDK-fitted 718 GT4 lineup

A PDK is Coming for the Porsche 718 GT4 Boxster & Cayman By the End of the Year
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Those looking for a corner-carving Porsche that’s not the 911 and its iterations can get a 718 Boxster GT4 or a 718 Cayman GT4. Both share the same naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine good for 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. And, by the way, it shares some components with the engine found inside the 911 GT3

Porsche Cayman GT4 specifications
Engine Naturally aspirated boxer 6
Displacement 4.0 liters
Horsepower 414 HP @ 7,600 RPM
Torque 309 LB-FT @ 5,000-6,800 RPM
0 to 60 mph 4.2 seconds
Top Speed 188 mph

Now, at launch, Porsche was adamant that the sole transmission choice would be a slick-shifting six-speed manual but, according to Evo, a dual-clutch PDK is coming as well, and it’s coming by the end of 2020.

A PDK is Coming for the Porsche 718 GT4 Boxster & Cayman By the End of the Year
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According to the same outlet, Porsche took this decision to “widen the appeal” of its sports cars.

What’s more, the Cayman GTS 4.0 and the Boxster GTS 4.0 will also be offered in manual and PDK guises.

The move makes sense for customers that daily-drive their 718 GT4 and feel the need for more comfort. Rest assured, the six-speed manual originally offered by Porsche is a dream to manhandle on twisty asphalt, and it even comes with an Auto Blip feature that smartly matches gearbox and engine speeds during a downshift. The feature can be turned off, of course, but let’s face it: most people will take their 718 GT4s for a spin around the city rather than hit the track on a weekly basis, so a PDK makes sense in this context.

A PDK is Coming for the Porsche 718 GT4 Boxster & Cayman By the End of the Year
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When it finally makes it debut on the said models, the dual-clutch transmission is also likely to bump up the price tags for Porsche’s sports cars. With the manual gearbox, the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 starts at $99,200, while the 718 Boxster Spyder GT4 demands at least $96,300 - prices don’t include the $1,250 destination fee, though. With the PDK, however, expect the two GT4s to sport price tags that go over the $100k threshold.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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