PDK auto joins previously stick-only cars
New box makes cars half-second quicker to 100 km/h
When the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 models arrived at the start of the year, you could almost hear the cheer of joy when enthusiasts read that the cars would have three pedals and that was the only option. Same with the even more hardcore GT4s. Now Porsche is broadening the range, bringing the PDK dual-clutch box to the 4.0L flat-six cars. And, of course, they’re quicker. A lot quicker.
The 414 hp GT4 models now hit 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds from a stop. That’s half a second quicker than with the stick. They’ll hit 200 in 13.4, 0.4 seconds quicker. The 394-horse GTS models similarly slash their acceleration times, but that leaves them at 4.0 to 100 and 13.7 to 200.
GTS 4.0 models get the Sport Chrono package standard, and that changes up the shift modes based on which drive mode is selected. Sport has faster gear changes, earlier downshifts (with throttle blip), and upshifts at higher revs. Sport Plus takes the revs even higher (Porsche says it “fully exploits the rpm reserves” of the engine), and includes launch control with automatic race start.
A sport response button on GTS lets the driver activate maximum go for 20 seconds, regardless of driving mode. Porsche says it’s good for passing, and we’d have a hard time disagreeing.
On GT4 models, a PDK Sport button gives it GT4-levels of responsiveness, and on both there are enhancements made to the mechanical rear diff to give it higher locking rates which Porsche says improves dynamics and traction.
Other 2021 718 changes include Race-Tex in place of Alcantara, Python Green paint on GT models, and an option for boring summer tires in place of the ultra-high-performance standard rubber.