2021 Porsche 718 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and GTS 4.Zero are all faster with the PDK gearbox
Again in June, Porsche introduced a lot of, not the least of which is a PDK dual-clutch transmission possibility for the hot-hot-hot 718 Spyder, and fashions. Porsche’s PDK is likely one of the finest DCT gearboxes round and in keeping with new data launched Monday, becoming this transmission to those 718 fashions ends in a lot of efficiency enhancements.
The primary purpose to go for a PDK transmission as an alternative of a tried-and-true six-speed guide? It is faster. The twin-clutch ‘field can swap cogs sooner than you may — irrespective of how expert you’re — and it permits the 4.0-liter flat-six engine to remain within the coronary heart of its powerband. Throughout the board, the PDK-equipped automobiles are half a second faster when accelerating to 60 mph. Within the 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0, this implies a 0-to-60 time of three.eight seconds as an alternative of 4.3. For the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4, 4.2 seconds drops to three.7.
Whereas in a roundabout way liable for the improved 0-to-60 occasions, one other advantage of the PDK transmission is that it permits the automobiles’ 4.0-liter engine to supply barely extra torque. All PDK automobiles get a rise of eight lb-ft, for 317 complete.
Within the 718 GTS 4.Zero fashions, including PDK means you additionally get Porsche’s Sport Response perform. Situated within the heart of the drive mode selector, urgent this button places the powertrain into full assault for as much as 20 seconds. Consider it as a boost-mode push-to-pass function. It’s extremely cool.
Different enjoyable particulars: Porsche says that with the PDK, the limited-slip differential on the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 operates with larger locking values than with the guide gearbox. All the new 718 PDK fashions have a shorter seventh-gear ratio than their manual-transmission equivalents, too.
Nevertheless it’s not all excellent news. If you’d like the PDK gearbox, you may need to pay for the privilege. On the Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.Zero fashions, it is a $3,730 upcharge. For the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4, it is $3,210.
The bigger factor to contemplate, nonetheless, is what you lose by including the PDK: driver engagement. The six-speed guide transmission in these 718 fashions is likely one of the finest do-it-yourself gearboxes on the earth. Positive, the PDK fashions are faster, however does half a second of acceleration actually make a noticeable distinction in the actual world? For patrons who monitor their automobiles — this seemingly applies to the Cayman GT4 greater than the others — the quicker-shifting PDK possibility might be a very good factor and I can see it being useful in a race setting. This additionally makes these 718 fashions extra accessible to people who both cannot or do not need to drive a stick-shift, which is necessary to contemplate.
Me, although? I am going to follow the guide.