The Porsche Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder were among the few cars you could only have with a manual transmission. That changes now, though, as Porsche is introducing a PDK option for the 718 GT4 and Spyder, along with the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0. The addition of a dual-clutch transmission to six-cylinder 718 models comes with a host of other small changes for the 2021 model year.
For 2021, every 718 will get standard dual-zone climate control, heated seats, auto-dimming mirrors, Apple CarPlay, and corner-following headlights. Nice features, which arguably should come standard on a car like the 718. Prices start at $61,250 for the base 2.0-liter Cayman and $63,350 for the Boxster.
Doubling your displacement thankfully doesn’t double cost. The new 718 Cayman GTS 4.0—which uses a detuned version of the GT4’s 4.0-liter flat-six—starts at $88,150 while the Boxster GTS 4.0 commands an additional $2100. Those prices are comparable to a generously optioned 2020 Corvette, and while the 718 GTS twins are down 100 horsepower to the C8, they should be lighter. And you can’t get a Corvette with a stick anymore.
Opting for a dual-clutch in your 718 GTS 4.0 will add $3730, while it’s $3210 for the GT4 and Spyder. A Porsche spokesperson told us the price discrepancy is due to the fact that the GTS comes with the Sport Chrono Package and launch control, while the GT4/Spyder don’t (but launch control is standard).
It’s the same seven-speed PDK that’s been offered in other Boxsters and Caymans—not the new eight-speed that’s in the 911. Fine by us as the seven-speed is excellent, and weighs less than the eight. A Porsche spokesperson said the automaker is offering the PDK in the GT4 and Spyder to broaden the appeal of the car, rather than limiting the two most expensive 718s to those who want to shift gears themselves.
Personally, I’d stick with the standard six-speed manual, but I can see the appeal of the PDK. It makes the car quicker, and even easier to use. Order books are open now, and PDK-equipped, six-cylinder 718s should arrive early next year.
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