Porsche confirms PDK for 718 GT and 4.0 models

Porsche Boxster GTS

Porsche Boxster GTS

However, with Porsche's PDK dual-clutch gearboxes being so good, and urban traffic congestion increasingly dampening the appeal of manual boxes, Porsche has decided to make its PDK gearbox available on the flagship 718 models.

This applies to the 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS, which are powered by a 294kW version of Porsche's 4-litre flat-six, as well as the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 models, which are good for 309kW.

As such, purists might say a thing or two about not having complete control, but with the automatic's uninterrupted acceleration even during gear changes it's pretty obvious they can't fight basic mathematics.

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Compared with the manual gearbox used by these cars, the automatic transmission enables half a second faster acceleration: 3.9 seconds for a 0-62 miles per hour sprint of the GT4 models, and 4.0 seconds the GTS 4.0s take. This is 0.4 seconds faster than with the stick shift. For example, the standard Sport Chrono package on the 718 GTS 4.0 variants will alter the PDK gear shift patterns according to the user-selected drive mode (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual).

The big numbers you need to know are 2000 and 0.5, respectively, the British Pound amount that the PDK adds to your bill, the number of seconds it flies from 0-62 miles per hour for both cars, 4.4 seconds from the Manual Cut to 3.9 seconds. This is due to the limited-slip differential operating with higher locking values than with manual transmission: 30 percent in traction and 37 percent in overrun (compared to 22 percent and 27 percent with the manual, respectively). The Sport Response option of the mode switch, on the other hand, will activate total performance from the powertrain (engine + transmission) for 20 seconds. It replaces the Alcantara fabric. The Python Green finish is added to color range of the 718 GT models.

The 718 Spyder will be available with 20-inch wheels in Aurum, available only for the 718 Cayman GT4 before. Also, Spyder buyers can now opt for conventional summer tyres (presumably the P Zeros as used on the GTS) rather than the standard-fit Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, potentially broadening the appeal further.

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