You're correct, but the 718S with PDK can show its butt to a number of cars that are considered more straight-line performance oriented. I still would be curious to see that drag race re-run between the Audi TT-RS and the 718S with both equipped with automanuals and launch control.But from 60-100 PDK is not faster.
PDK gains mainly from the launchcontrol.
Vmax is higher with MT, which means that MT has a little bit less loss in the transmission and the car is lighter.
TT RS v. 718S v. BMW M2.
TT RS is the quickest car, 718 is the best car.
The amazing thing is how PDK and SC with the 20 sec magic button improves the 0-60 and 1/4 mile times on the 718S. C&D has the 718S at 3.6 sec for the 0-60 and 11.9 for the 1/4 mile at 117 mph. They have the TT-RS at 0-60 in 3.5 and the TT-RS roadster at 3.7 sec.Yes, the TT-RS roadster is heavy, the 718 Boxster S (or at least the coming GTS) should win in all categories despite sound.
I forgot the 718 in the DriveTribe video was manual. But even at higher speeds the TT-RS was a lot faster and at higher speeds transmission and launch control doesn't matter so much.
There are several reviews where the TT-RS coupe reached 3.5 or 3.6 sec for 0-60. Difficult to beat for a rear wheel drive car.