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Six-cylinder models, including GTS, GT4 and 718 Spyder, are now available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox option
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7 September 2020

Porsche has introduced a new PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox option for its six-cylinder Cayman and Boxster models as an alternative to a manual, as is already the case with the four-cylinder variants. 

The new seven-speed dual-clutch auto is available to order across all 718 models with the new 4.0-litre engine, including the Cayman and Boxster GTSCayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder. It offers “high-performance gearshifting functionality for the fastest circuit lap times, with highly efficient operation for everyday use”, claims Porsche.

As is often the case with quick-shifting dual-clutch ’boxes, the PDK-equipped GT4 and Spyder can both now do the 0-62mph sprint half a second quicker than the manual models, at 3.9sec. The 0-124mph time is 0.4sec quicker, showing that the benefits are mainly at lower speeds. Launch control also features on the PDK models, helping performance further. 

The GTS versions also see a half-second improvement in the 0-62mph time, both managing the sprint in four seconds dead. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced, too; the GT4 and Spyder emit 8g/km less and promise a 0.7mpg improvement on the WLTP cycle. The difference is even greater with the GTS models; official economy goes from 25.9mpg for the manual to 28.0mpg, while emissions drop by 17g/km to 230g/km.  

Shift characteristics are adjusted in four different driving modes for PDK models, with Sport mode giving faster gearchanges and earlier downshifts with auto throttle blips. Sport Plus activates a race start function, with the Sport Response button bringing maximum attack regardless of drive mode. The seventh gear ratio is also shorter than in the manual versions. 

The PDK adds £2303 to the price of 718 GTS models and £2000 to the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder. 

In addition, a couple of small tweaks have been made for the 718’s 2021 model year. A new, highly breathable material called 'Race-Tex' will replace the existing Alcantara seat trim, while a bright Python Green paint is added. The 20in ‘Aurum’ wheels, previously only available on the Cayman GT4, are also added to the 718 Spyder, along with summer tyre options. 

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Boris9119 8 September 2020

Pricing Getting Ever More Crazy?

Porsche are well known for milking every penny out of their products (and why not) but here's some perspective; Cayman was once a real cut price 911 in many ways, now not so. In 2016 I purchased a GT4 with modest options. Today the Cayman GTS with same spec costs 11k more!! the GT4 with same spec costs 19k more, and both cost more than the base 992 Carrera!

NoPasaran 8 September 2020

Boris9119 wrote:

Boris9119 wrote:

Porsche are well known for milking every penny out of their products (and why not) but here's some perspective; Cayman was once a real cut price 911 in many ways, now not so. In 2016 I purchased a GT4 with modest options. Today the Cayman GTS with same spec costs 11k more!! the GT4 with same spec costs 19k more, and both cost more than the base 992 Carrera!

I know the guberment tells you there is no inflation. They are lying, inflation is everywhere, or, the value of fiat is going down, especially now with all the pumping.

eseaton 8 September 2020

As much as the idea of a PDK

As much as the idea of a PDK Boxter repulses me, I am all for customers having that choice.

 

I wish people who criticise those who want a manual on other vehicles would extend the same courtesy.

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