• Would You Pay $3,000 For A Dual-Clutch Transmission in Your Porsche 718 Boxster or Cayman GTS?

Porsche updated the 718 Boxster and Cayman. New PDK transmission available

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The GTS 4.0 versions of the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, basically the only naturally aspirated models you can buy, are now available with a new seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

These gearboxes are similar to those offered in the 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. They make both models quicker from 0 to 62 mph, but they also cost £2,300, which converts to roughly $3,000 as of September 2020. Is the premium worth it? Let’s find out!

The PDK transmission makes both models significantly quicker

Would You Pay $3,000 For A Dual-Clutch Transmission in Your Porsche 718 Boxster or Cayman GTS?
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Yes, automatic transmissions take away some of the fun and some Porsche purists don’t like them, but they improve performance significantly. With a PDK, there are no interruptions in acceleration during gear changes, which improves comfort, but also reduce off-the-line sprints rather dramatically.

Specifically, both the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and Cayman GTS 4.0 hit 62 mph from a standing start in four seconds flat, a half-second quicker than the manual model.

They also reach 124 mph in 13.7 seconds, almost a half-second quicker than the manual version.

Would You Pay $3,000 For A Dual-Clutch Transmission in Your Porsche 718 Boxster or Cayman GTS?
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Naturally, the standard Sport Chrono package has been revised to work with the gear shift characteristics of the new PDK. The Sport Plus mode helps you reach the quickest acceleration times, as does the Launch Control features, which activates an automatic race start. The PKD-equipped cars cost an additional £2,300, which converts to around $3,000.

As a brief reminder, the GTS 4.0 models are fitted with the naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six engine from the range-topping Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 models. The unit cranks out 394 horsepower, a 20-horsepower decrease compared to the GT4 and Spyder. They also benefit from an extra 35 horses compared to the regular GTS models, powered by turbocharged, 2.5-liter flat-four mills.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 are also available with the PDK

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Porsche offers the same gearbox on the range-topping models too. When fitted with this transmission, they hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, a half-second quicker than the manual version. The 0-to-124 mph sprint also drops from 13.8 to 13.4 seconds. These cars also come with upgraded locking rear differentials that improve both dynamics and traction.

What else is new?

Would You Pay $3,000 For A Dual-Clutch Transmission in Your Porsche 718 Boxster or Cayman GTS?
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The PDK transmissions are part of a bigger upgrade that adds new features across the lineup. The entire 718 family is now available with high-quality Race-Tex fabric instead of Alcantara, while the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 are available with a new Python Green paint. The 718 Spyder can also be ordered with 20-inch wheels in Aurum, a feature previously offered on the 718 Cayman GT4 only.

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All Porsche 718 models can now be ordered with the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

Both the Boxster and Cayman 718 GTS 4.0 variants (718 Cayman GTS 4.0 PDK: Fuel consumption combined 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 219 g/km (as of 09/2020); 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 PDK: Fuel consumption combined 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 219 g/km (as of 09/2020)), as well as the range-topping 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 models, are now also available with an automatic transmission. With PDK, there are no interruptions in acceleration during gear changes. This increases the comfort of the gear shifts and improves the acceleration values. Compared with the 718 models with the manual transmission, the 309 kW (420 PS; 718 Spyder PDK: Fuel consumption combined 10.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 232 g/km (as of 09/2020); 718 Cayman GT4 PDK: Fuel consumption combined 10.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 232 g/km (as of 09/2020)) GT models – the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 ­– now accelerate from 0-100 km/h half a second faster, in 3.9 seconds. They reach the 200 km/h mark in 13.4 seconds (0.4 seconds faster). The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0, both with 294 kW (400 PS), also improve in the standard sprint from 0-100 km/h by half a second to 4.0 seconds, and then reach the 200 km/h mark in 13.7 seconds (0.4 seconds faster compared with the manual transmission).

718 Cayman GT4, 2019, Porsche AG
The 718 Cayman GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche
In the 718 GTS 4.0 models, the standard Sport Chrono package adapts the gear shift characteristics of the PDK according to the four different driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual). In Sport mode, it operates with faster gear changes, shifts down earlier with automatic throttle blips, and supports optimal acceleration with later shift points. The even more athletic Sport Plus mode is tailored for maximum performance and fully exploits the rpm reserves of the naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine. Launch Control is also integrated within Sport Plus, which activates an automatic race start.

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The Sport Response button in the centre of the mode switch allows the driver to activate maximum engine and transmission performance for 20 seconds, irrespective of the current driving mode. This motorsport-inspired function helps with spontaneous overtaking manoeuvres.

In the flagship 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 models, the driving mode has a characteristic that’s typical of the GT variants: it can be programmed for maximum performance using the PDK Sport button. An automatic selector lever, which echoes the design in the 911 GT3, underlines the emotionally charged GT experience. The seventh gear of the PDK has a shorter ratio in all 718 four-litre naturally aspirated engine derivatives.

In addition, the PDK versions of the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 benefit from the enhancements made to their mechanical locking rear differential: in traction and overrun modes, this achieves locking values of 30 and 37 per cent as compared with 22 and 27 per cent with the manual transmission. This has a positive effect on the longitudinal and lateral dynamics as well as traction, and increases driving pleasure.

Enhanced equipment in the new Porsche model year
The Porsche 718 family will start the 2021 model year with a host of new features. High-quality Race-Tex material will replace the Alcantara fabric. The new material is based on the covers used for racing seats. It has a highly breathable structure and offers greater support.

718 Boxter GTS 4.0 PDK, 2020, Porsche AG
The vivid special paint finish Python Green will be added to the colour range of the GT models 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder. The 718 Spyder will also be available with the 20-inch wheels in Aurum – this was previously only available for the 718 Cayman GT4. There will also be the option to equip the roadster with similarly-sized, conventional summer tyres instead of the standard ultra-high-performance tyres.

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