The top 718 models are about to get more popular.
Porsche enthusiasts were disappointed when the Boxster and Cayman dropped their flat-six engines in favor of smaller, turbocharged flat-fours. This issue was rectified with the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder but with starting prices of $99,200 and $96,300 respectively, both are out of the price range for the average buyer. Porsche then added less expensive GTS 4.0 models to the mix but like the GT4 and Spyder, these models were only available with the slower (but more fun) six-speed manual transmission.
We honestly had no complaints that the best 718 models were only offered with a six-speed manual but Porsche clearly realized it was leaving money on the table. The 2021 GTS, GT4, and Spyder models will now offer a seven-speed PDK option.
Now, Porsche enthusiasts who want to enjoy the wonderful 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine in a 718 can do it without the hassle of rowing their own gears in traffic. Porsche has not quoted any performance figures for the PDK-equipped models yet but we suspect all of them will post massive acceleration improvements compared to their manual counterparts. They may even edge close to the 911 Carrera in terms of lap times.
As a reminder, the GTS 4.0 models each produce 394 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in around four seconds flat. The GT4 and Spyder each produce 414 hp and can hit 60 mph in around 3.8 seconds. All of the 4.0-liter cars are expected to begin deliveries in early 2021.
Porsche has also revealed plenty of improvements for its flat-four-powered Boxster and Cayman models including the base, T, and S. All 718 models now include Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, xenon headlights, and auto-dimming mirrors as standard equipment. Pricing for the 2021 718 Cayman starts at $61,250 while the 2021 718 Boxster starts at $63,350. Prices for the T, S, GTS 4.0, GT4, and Spyder models should be revealed sooner to launch.