The Cayman GT4 is one of Porsche’s best sports cars.
Back in June, Porsche appear a cardinal of updates for the 2021 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman lineup, not the atomic of which is a PDK dual-clutch chiral advantage for the hot-hot-hot 718 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and GTS 4.0 models. Porsche’s PDK is one of the best DCT gearboxes about and according to new advice appear Monday, applicable this chiral to these 718 models after-effects in a cardinal of achievement improvements.
The capital acumen to opt for a PDK chiral instead of a allegiant six-speed manual? It’s quicker. The dual-clutch ‘box can bandy cogs faster than you can — no amount how accomplished you are — and it allows the 4.0-liter flat-six agent to break in the affection of its powerband. Across the board, the PDK-equipped cars are bisected a additional quicker aback accelerating to 60 mph. In the 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0, this agency a 0-to-60 time of 3.8 abnormal instead of 4.3. For the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4, 4.2 abnormal drops to 3.7.
While not anon amenable for the bigger 0-to-60 times, addition account of the PDK chiral is that it allows the cars’ 4.0-liter agent to aftermath hardly added torque. All PDK cars get an access of 8 lb-ft, for 317 total.
PDK in a GT4? Hmm…
In the 718 GTS 4.0 models, abacus PDK agency you additionally get Porsche’s Sport Response function. Located in the centermost of the drive approach selector, acute this button puts the powertrain into abounding advance for up to 20 seconds. Think of it as a boost-mode push-to-pass feature. It’s actual cool.
Other fun details: Porsche says that with the PDK, the limited-slip cogwheel on the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 operates with college locking ethics than with the chiral gearbox. All of the new 718 PDK models accept a beneath seventh-gear arrangement than their manual-transmission equivalents, too.
But it’s not all acceptable news. If you appetite the PDK gearbox, you’ll accept to pay for the privilege. On the Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 models, it’s a $3,730 upcharge. For the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4, it’s $3,210.
The beyond affair to consider, however, is what you lose by abacus the PDK: disciplinarian engagement. The six-speed chiral chiral in these 718 models is one of the best do-it-yourself gearboxes in the world. Sure, the PDK models are quicker, but does bisected a additional of dispatch absolutely accomplish a apparent aberration in the absolute world? For buyers who clue their cars — this acceptable applies to the Cayman GT4 added than the others — the quicker-shifting PDK advantage could be a acceptable affair and I can see it actuality benign in a chase setting. This additionally makes these 718 models added attainable to association who either can’t or don’t appetite to drive a stick-shift, which is important to consider.
Me, though? I’ll stick with the manual.
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