More options for enthusiasts as dual-clutch auto is added to flagship models, reducing acceleration times.
Porsche’s entire 718 range can now be optioned with the company’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, known as PDK.
The German sports car manufacturer confirmed the gearbox was now an option on flagship GTS, Spyder, and GT4 models available within the 718 line-up, which were initially launched as manual-only models.
Range-topping 718 Spyder and GT4 variants optioned with PDK also benefit from a tighter limited-slip differential.
The result is the Spyder and GT4 drop a substantial half-a-second off their acceleration times, with Porsche claiming these flagship models can now hit 100km/h from standstill in only 3.9 seconds.
The same amount is lopped off the GTS times, reaching 100km/h in a claimed 4.0 seconds flat, when PDK is optioned.
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Buyers who choose a 718 GTS with PDK gain Launch Control and an overboost button on the steering wheel, delivering maximum performance for 20 seconds.
The 718 GTS, Spyder, and GT4 models also benefit from a shorter seventh gear, compared with PDK transmissions currently available across the 718 range.
Outputs from the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat six engine remain at 294kW and 420Nm for the GTS, or 309kW and 420Nm for the Spyder and GT4.
Porsche says the new 2021 718 range will now be available with Race-Tex interior trim, which reportedly mimics the synthetic suede of Alcantara, yet provides improved breathability and longevity.
A new Python Green exterior colour is now available to Spyder and GT4 owners, and the Spyder can now be optioned with 20-inch Aurum wheels – previously only available to the GT4.
Porsche’s PDK is now available to order across the 718 range, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2021.
2021 Porsche 718 Australian pricing
- 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 manual – $172,000
- 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 auto – $177,990
- 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 manual – $174,800
- 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 auto – $180,790
- 718 Spyder manual – $196,800
- 718 Spyder auto – $201,890
- 718 Cayman GT4 manual – $206,600
- 718 Cayman GT4 auto – $211,690
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Porsche adds PDK to 718 GTS, Spyder, and GT4