When the 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder were first introduced in the market, Porsche only offered it only with a manual transmission. This then made a lot of people, especially Porsche purists very happy. Interestingly, the 718 GT4 and the Spyder, along with the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0 variants were among the few models in the Porsche’s lineup that were available only with a stick-shift.
However, not everyone wants to row through a set of gears manually. As a result, the six-cylinder powered 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models are no longer reserved for manual enthusiasts. For the 2021 model year, Porsche is now offering the 718 GT4, Spyder as well as the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0 variants with their signature 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission as an option.
Despite the updated PDK transmission option, no other changes were made to the 718 Cayman GT4/Boxster Spyder’s powertrain. As a result, the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six is still rated at 420 horsepower with 420 Nm torque. Meanwhile, the GTS 4.0 models receive a detuned version of the engine with only 400 horsepower. Although Porsche did not provide specific performance details, expect the PDK models to have better acceleration times when compared to their manual counterparts.
Aside from the new optional PDK transmission, the updates Porsche made to the 718 Cayman and Boxster models are very subtle. All 718 models will now get dual-zone climate control, heated seats, auto-dimming mirrors, Apple CarPlay, and corner-following headlights as standard.
There’s no doubt that a six-manual Porsche will definitely have more appeal than a PDK. However, the PDK will make the GT4 and Spyder a lot faster on track and even easier to use on the streets. At the end of the day, it all comes down to driver preference.