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Porsche Announces PDK Option For 718 GTS 4.0, GT4 and Spyder

The previously manual-only halo models from the 718 stable can now be made with PDK transmissions on request, improving performance for those with an eye on bragging rights and lap times

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Porsche will now fit its three halo 718-series models with an automatic dual-clutch transmission, if you like.

The option has been added to the 2021 Cayman GT4, Boxster Spyder and the GTS 4.0 models from both series in order to add a technically higher-performance option for buyers focused on faster laps in lieu of driver involvement. It also offers a different option for those who dislike the manual cars’ infamous tall gearing.

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While the gains haven’t officially been quantified yet, Porsche has enough bases for comparison on this to give us a reliable steer on how much faster the robotised transmissions will make the cars. We expect the 0-62mph times to drop by 0.2 seconds each, with similar top speeds and a fairly inconsequential rise in fuel efficiency when biffing around town. And of course, the difference in acceleration will be greater for lower-skilled drivers.

The manual Cayman GT4 its 62mph in 4.2 seconds; the same figure as the Boxster Spyder, so expect four seconds dead from each of them. The GTS 4.0 duo are just 0.1 seconds slower. The first PDK-equipped examples should make it to dealers in early 2021.