Porsche’s 718 range gears up for 2021

A series of subtle improvements, and one seamless change …

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Our 718 family of mid-engine coupes and roadsters will start the 2021 model year with a variety of new features. Hard wearing and breathable Race-Tex material will replace Alcantara on the seats, and the eye-catching Python Green paint finish that debuted on the GTS 4.0 this summer will be added to the entire GT colour range.

The 718 Spyder will also be available with the 20-inch wheels in Aurum, previously only available on the GT4, and there will be the option to equip the Spyder with conventional summer tyres instead of the ultra-high-performance rubber that comes as standard.

But perhaps the biggest change for the refreshed 718 is the arrival of a PDK transmission option for the new GTS 4.0 variants and range-topping Spyder and Cayman GT4.

The seamless twin-clutch system not only increases driving comfort, but also improves acceleration. The 718 Spyder equipped with PDK now accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (fuel consumption combined 10.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 232 g/km (as of 09/2020). This is half a second faster than the equivalent manual and it hits 200 km/h in 13.4 seconds – some 0.4 seconds faster. The GTS 4.0 models equipped with PDK enjoy the exact same advantage over their manual counterparts too (718 Cayman GTS 4.0 PDK: fuel consumption combined 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 219 g/km (as of 09/2020) – 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 PDK: fuel consumption combined 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 219 g/km (as of 09/2020).

In the GTS 4.0 models, the standard Sport Chrono package adapts the PDK’s shift characteristics according to the four different driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual). In Sport mode, it changes gear faster and later, and downshifts earlier with automatic throttle blips. Sport Plus, meanwhile, is tailored for maximum performance and fully exploits the powerband of the naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer. Launch Control is also integrated within Sport Plus, which activates an automatic race start.

Further performance gains can be enjoyed via the Sport Response button in the centre of the mode switch, which allows you to dial in maximum engine and transmission performance for 20 seconds, irrespective of the current driving mode. And in the flagship 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, the driving mode can be programmed for maximum performance using the PDK Sport button.

718 Cayman GTS 4.0 PDK: Fuel consumption combined 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 219 g/km (as of 09/2020)

718 Boxster GTS 4.0 PDK: Fuel consumption combined 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 219 g/km (as of 09/2020)

718 Spyder PDK: Fuel consumption combined 10.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 232 g/km (as of 09/2020)

718 Cayman GT4 PDK: Fuel consumption combined 10.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 232 g/km (as of 09/2020)

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