New Porsche 718 GTS models revealed
The new Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and 718 Boxster GTS both get purist-pleasing flat-six cylinder engine
- GTS models feature 394bhp flat-six cylinder 4.0-litre engine and six-speed manual gearbox
- 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds
- Porsche 718 GTS prices start from £64,088
Porsche has unveiled the new 718 Cayman GTS and 718 Boxster GTS. The Cayman GTS starts at £64,088, while the Boxster GTS is priced from £65,949. Order books are open now, with first deliveries scheduled for the beginning of March.
In a development that will please Porsche purists, the GTS models use a 394bhp, 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine rather than the four-cylinder versions lower down the 718 range. It gets the GTS models from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.
The GTS trim includes black 20-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers, tinted front and rear lights, a black spoiler lip, a new lower bumper air intake and a new rear bumper. Ceramic brake discs are on the options list.
Inside, dark Alcantara covers the sports seats, steering wheel, gear lever and arm rest, and even extends to the roof lining and A-pillars. An optional GTS interior pack allows ‘Carmine Red’ or ‘Crayon’ highlights for the rev counter, seatbelts, stitching and embroidery.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which includes a limited slip rear differential, are both standard to improve the GTS’ handling.
As well as Porsche’s PCM infotainment and sat nav system, the Sport Chrono pack, which is optional on models further down the range, is included as standard. This includes Porsche’s Track Precision App, which allows drivers to record their track driving data on the PCM display.
The larger six-cylinder engine in the GTS models does affect the 718’s fuel economy, despite cylinder-deactivation technology that can switch off part of the engine to save fuel when full power isn’t required. Both GTS models return 25.9mpg and NEDC-equivalent CO2 emissions of 246g/km.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The 4.0-litre, flat-six cylinder ‘boxer’ engine has already been seen in the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Boxster Spyder, but those are extreme models that are more suited to track use. The GTS versions give buyers the option of the six-cylinder engine in the 718 but with a more relaxed feel.
The four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the standard Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models hasn’t been hugely popular with Porsche fans. The new flat-six cylinder engine in the GTS should help to quieten that criticism.
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