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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Runs the New Breed at Monza: Video

A micro-Rennsport Reunion took place at Monza over the past weekend when Porsche took a number of their new racing, as well as street cars, and pushed them to their limits on the F1 Grand Prix circuit near Milan.

PostHeaderIcon Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity,
lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.

PostHeaderIcon Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity,
lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Relatively low weight

With the fourth-generation of the 718 Cayman coming to life in 2016 it didn’t take long for Porsche to pump out the Cayman GTS with a little extra power, nicer materials, some blacked out trim, and more features as standard equipment. It’s a car that looks fabulous in the garage and it can look fabulous on your desktop as well. So, check out our hand-picked wallpapers below and download one of five — the choice is yours.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Says No to All-Electric 911, But Maybe to an All-Electric Porsche 718

Porsche 911

Porsche has done as good a job as any automaker in adapting to the times while still keeping its brand identity intact. A good example of that is the upcoming, high-performance plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche 911. We already know that the model is going to happen, but just because the 911 will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, that doesn’t mean Porsche is ready to take it a step further and offer an all-electric version of its most iconic nameplate. A Porsche 911 EV is not happening, though if you cross fingers, an all-electric powertrain could make it eventually find its way to the 718 twins.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Says No to All-Electric 911, But Maybe to an All-Electric Porsche 718

Porsche 911

Porsche has done as good a job as any automaker in adapting to the times while still keeping its brand identity intact. A good example of that is the upcoming, high-performance plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche 911. We already know that the model is going to happen, but just because the 911 will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, that doesn’t mean Porsche is ready to take it a step further and offer an all-electric version of its most iconic nameplate. A Porsche 911 EV is not happening, though if you cross fingers, an all-electric powertrain could make it eventually find its way to the 718 twins.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

It’s been two years since Porsche updated the current Boxster, also giving it a “718” badge, and it seems that the German firm is finally working on a new iteration of the higher-performance Spyder model. First introduced in 2009 and relaunched in 2015, the Boxster Spyder is a modern tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 1960s, and the upcoming will be the first to actually wear the iconic “718” badge next to the “Spyder” lettering.

Introduced in 2016, the facelifted third-generation Porsche Boxster gained a couple of major changes compared to its predecessor. While the styling and interior didn’t change much compared to the previous roadster, the new Boxster changed its name to the 718 Boxster, a tribute to a sports car from the late 1950s, and switched to turbocharged engines for the first time ever. There isn’t a lot of information to run by as of this writing, but the spyder configuration is pretty obvious in the spy shots. First spotted in snowy weather in northern Europe, the upcoming sports car hit the Nurburgring track for some high-performance testing in April 2018. And we can see a few differences. The soft-top roof is different toward the back, while the engine hood features the famous flying buttresses. I also spotted a few changes front and rear. They’re not massive, but they do make the Spyder a bit more aggressive. Under the hood, it should get the most powerful engine ever fitted in a Boxster, but the nameplate’s switch to turbocharging makes things a bit complicated. We should find out more later this year, but until then let’s have a closer look at the spy shots in the speculative review below.

The new 718 Boxster Spyder could break cover in the summer of 2018.

Updated 06/15/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming 718 Boxster Spyder out for a new testing session, but this time with its top down.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder.

PostHeaderIcon A Porsche with Less Than 2.0-liters of Displacement? Probably Not Going to Happen

Porsche’s decision to fit a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine inside the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models didn’t sit too well with some of the brand’s most hardcore supporters. Fortunately, they shouldn’t worry about seeing a smaller engine on future models because Porsche has no plans of ever going that route. The German automaker indicated that it could do it if it wanted to, but it’s not considering that option because it doesn’t make sense from a performance point of view.


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“A smaller 1.0-liter engine may be lighter in comparison to a 2.0-liter mil, but if Porsche wants more torque out of the whole hybrid setup, it’s going to need to add a bigger and more sophisticated hybrid system”

Michael Steiner, a member of Porsche’s executive board for research and development, spoke to Autoguide on the sidelines of the LA Auto Show about this specific issue. According to Steiner, Porsche can use an engine as small as a 1.0-liter, but that kind of application wouldn’t make sense for road-going production cars for a number of reasons, including the complexities of adding a hybrid system to work with the engine. “At some point, it would make no more sense to downsize the combustion engine and put more and more electric energy into the vehicle,” he said.

Another issue with this powertrain equation is weight, something that Porsche has always been very careful of in the development of its cars. “If you would like to have good performance and very precise and fast reaction to any movement of the gas pedal, you need torque, not only power,” Steiner added. A smaller 1.0-liter engine may be lighter in comparison to a 2.0-liter mil, but if Porsche wants more torque out of the whole hybrid setup, it’s going to need to add a bigger and more sophisticated hybrid system to account for the needed torque figures to help the car perform like a proper Porsche. Developing that kind of hybrid system will also cost Porsche money, something it’s not keen on doing if it doesn’t have to do it.

So while it is possible to see a 1.0-liter engine on a Porsche — the 919 racer has one — it’s not something that Porsche is keen on doing with its production cars. Rest easy, purists. You can put the pitchforks down now.

References

Porsche 718


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster.

1sp644900.Porsche: $10.13 Billion

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

When it unveiled the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 in February 2015, Porsche finally did what gearheads had been asking for a very long time: it allowed the mid-engined Cayman to live up to its true potential, which had been kept leashed to prevent it from being faster than the base 911. Now that the first Cayman GT4 has come and gone and the mid-engined sports car it was based on received a mid-cycle update, it’s time for a new track-ready coupe.

Ever since the first GT4 was announced, enthusiasts have been asking themselves whether Porsche will take things up a notch and develop a GT4 RS. But, despite favorable rumors and the fact that an RS version would make sense, a more powerful GT4 has yet to happen. This could change with the upcoming model. And even though there’s no confirmation whether it will be called the GT4 or GT4 RS, the new coupe will definitely pack a significantly beefed-up engine. So I’m tempted to go with an “RS” badge.

Updated 08/20/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Cayman GT4 out for one final testing before its official debut set for the 2018 Paris Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Minor styling changes to the front and rear fascia

Introduced in 2005 as a hardtop coupe iteration of the ever-popular Porsche Boxster roadster, the Cayman gets all the same good stuff as its topless sibling, plus the added rigidity and aggressive looks of a fixed roof. The latest fourth-generation was introduced in 2016, dubbed the 718 after the racer Porsche built in the late ‘50s. Now, Porsche is adding a new GTS iteration for the 2018 model year, and although we’ve seen a Cayman GTS in the past, this is the first time the formula has been applied to the fourth-gen 718. Per usual, the upgrades include a marginal power increase, more standard equipment, blacked-out trim pieces, and high-end interior materials.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS.

Official video

Exterior


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739173
“The basics are completely unchanged – you still get a two-door coupe that’s low, wide, and rounded”

Per Porsche tradition, the 718 Cayman GTS looks only marginally different next to non-GTS iterations. The basics are completely unchanged – you still get a two-door coupe that’s low, wide, and rounded. The 911-inspired front end gets teardrop-shaped headlight housings, each with a set of quad lighting elements. The profile leads the eye rearwards, with a swept-back, streamlined shape, plus a prominent intake added just ahead of the rear wheels. The tail is curvy and short, bulging at the sides with sizable hips that give the whole thing a forward-leaning, raked stance.

Basically, it’s a two-door coupe version of the two-door Boxster roadster. We think it looks good, albeit a bit predictable.


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739167
“To help the GTS variant stand out, Porsche added a series of subtle, yet effective upgrades, including redesigned fascias and black trim pieces.”

To help the GTS variant stand out, Porsche added a series of subtle, yet effective upgrades. Kicking it off is a redesigned front fascia, which the Stuttgart automaker has dubbed “Sport Design.” Basically, this encompasses a new lower half for the front bumper, gaining tweaked intakes and additional black components that seem to stretch from fender to fender. The result is a wider look for the GTS.

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The Cayman GTS looks wider than the standard Cayman thanks to a new front fascia.

The complement the new front fascia, Porsche also added a few updates to the tail, although differences here are a bit more difficult to pick out.

Finally, a slew of black accents were added front to back, and include black badging and insignia, as well as a tint added to the front turn signals and taillights. Finishing it off are matte-black wheels, sized at 20 inches in diameter at each of the four corners.

Interior


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739169
“Step into the Cayman GTS’s interior, and you’ll find the traditional two-seat layout, just as you’d expect”

Step into the Cayman GTS’s interior, and you’ll find the traditional two-seat layout, just as you’d expect. The space is tight, hugging the passengers in the typical sports car fashion, while drivers grip a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Prominent handles can be found on the doors, while rounded air vents are on the dash. Adorning the center console is a digital infotainment screen, plus a plethora of buttons and switches to adjust the various onboard systems.

All pretty standard stuff, if we’re honest. However, much like the exterior, the GTS stands out thanks to a few choice upgrades. For starters, you’ll notice the Porsche chronometer placed high on the dash, a feature you’ll find on every Cayman GTS thanks to the standard Sport Chrono Package (more on that in the next section).


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“Much like the exterior, the GTS stands out thanks to a few choice upgrades, including a standard chronometer, sport seating, and further black accents.”

Further upgrades include a variety of black accents, plus standard Sport Seats Plus

sitters specifically engineered to provide ample lateral support while exploring the Cayman’s lofty cornering abilities. High on the seats, you’ll find the GTS logo embroidered into the seat headrest, while Alcantara adorns the seats’ center sections. Further Alcantara was added to the steering wheel, center console, and door armrest.

Options include the Navigation Module Package and Connect Plus Package, as well as the Porsche Track Precision App, which basically relays pertinent track data to your smartphone as part of the Sport Chrono Package.

Drivetrain


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“Displacement still comes in at 2.5 liters, but peak power is rated at 365 horses, 15 more than the S.”

Mounted behind the cabin, the Cayman GTS comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer flat-four engine, the same lump you get with the Cayman S. As an upgrade over the standard 2.0-liter flat-four in the base model Cayman, the S produces as much as 350 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, a sizeable increase over the base model’s 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet. Properly motivated, the Cayman S can manage a run to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph.

The GTS sees a little more added on top thanks to a new intake plenum and update to the turbocharger. Displacement still comes in at 2.5 liters, but peak power is rated at 365 horses, 15 more than the S. Sending the power to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual gearbox, although a seven-speed double-clutch automatic (popularly known as the “Porsche Doppelkupplung,” or PDK), is also offered as an available option.


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“The GTS sees a little more added on top thanks to a new intake plenum and update to the turbocharger”

Torque in the 718 Cayman GTS is rated at 317 pound-feet when equipped with a PDK, or 309 pound-feet with the manual transmission. Max torque hits at 1,900 rpm, lasting until 5,000 rpm with the PDK and 5,500 with the manual.

Clearly, the PDK is the faster option, and as such, acceleration with the seven-speed looks like 3.9 seconds to 60 mph – about a tenth of a second quicker than the S. Top speed is rated at 180 mph, 3 mph faster than the S.

Finally, the GTS comes standard with a sport exhaust, finished with black pipe tips to complement the rest of the black trim.

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS Porsche 718 Cayman S 2018 Porsche Cayman GTS
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer engine / 6 Boxer engine / 4 turbocharged flat-four
Displacement 3.4-liter 2.5 liter 2.5-liter
Engine layout Mid-engine Mid-engine Mid-engine
Horsepower 340 HP @ 6,700 RPM 350 HP @ 6,500 RPM 365 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 280 LB-FT 309 LB-FT 317 LB-FT
Top Track Speed 177 mph 177 MPH 180 MPH
0 – 60 mph 4.7 seconds 4.4 sec/4.2 sec (4.0 sec w/ Sport Chrono) 3.9 seconds

Chassis And Handling


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“The Cayman GTS has the right stuff to be an absolute delight in the corners.”

While certainly quick, one of the Cayman’s biggest selling points is the way it handles. Indeed, with a mid-/rear-mounted engine and relatively low curb weight (roughly 3,000 pounds), not to mention Porsche’s reputation for building razor-sharp track toys, the Cayman GTS has the right stuff to be an absolute delight in the corners.

Making the most of it is the standard Porsche Torque Vectoring system, which throws in a mechanical rear-differential lock to keep the traction flowing. Buyers also get standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Also note, the PASM lowers the car by 0.39 inches compared to the standard Cayman suspension set-up.

Finally, the Cayman GTS comes standard with the popular Sport Chrono Package, which enables a sportier drive mode perfectly suited for track driving. Features like Launch Control, faster gear changes, a sharper throttle response, and dynamic transmission mounts are all included.

Prices


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Order books are open now for the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, with first deliveries expected to arrive by March of 2018.

Pricing for the Cayman GTS is set $79,800, which is a little over $27,000 more than the standard model Cayman.

Competition

Jaguar F-Type


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If you prefer a sports car with an extra dose of grand touring style, then Jag has what you need with the F-Type. Offering a variety of trim levels and price points, Jag’s best fit for the 718 Cayman would be the $80,000 R-Dynamic Coupe, which equips a front-mounted 3.0-liter V-6 that’s supercharged to produce 380 horsepower at the rear wheels. Not only does it look incredible, but it’s also got enough muscle to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 161 mph.

Read our full review on the Jaguar F-Type.

BMW M4 Coupe


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Slotting in as the Bavarian’s compact two-door performance machine, the M4 Coupe is a muscle-bound luxury sports car dripping in track-inspired styling cues. Even better, it’s got the goods under the hood to back the aesthetic, rocking 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque thanks to a turbocharged inline six-cylinder. And although pricing starts at $64,200, well below the sticker for the Cayman GTS, the M4’s long list of options is sure to pad the bottom line significantly.

Read our full review on the BMW M4 Coupe.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06


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Sometimes, subtlety needs to take a back seat to raw, unbridled performance, and in circumstances such as those, the Bow Tie offers the Corvette Z06. Producing a whopping 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, this all-American bruiser trounces the competition in terms of acceleration, hitting the 60-mph mark in just 3 seconds flat. Either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic routes the muscle rearwards, while mammoth grip comes courtesy of real working aero and wide Michelin tires. It’s even got carbon brakes to slow it down. And starting at just over $80,000, the Z06 won’t break the bank either.

Read our full review on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Conclusion


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“The GTS thing is nearly thirty grand more than standard model, which begs the question – is it really worth it to pay the equivalent of a brand new Dodge Challenger or Toyota 86 to get the GTS?”

At first glance, the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS might seem a bit too pricey for its own good. After all, this thing is nearly thirty grand more than standard model, which begs the question – is it really worth it to pay the equivalent of a brand new Dodge Challenger or Toyota 86 to get the GTS?

For many folks, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Sure, in terms of power, the GTS isn’t setting any sort of new benchmarks, and although an extra 15 horses over the S isn’t a lot, it’s good enough to optimize the rest of the equipment you get with the model. The active suspension, Sport Chrono Package, and torque vectoring system are all included with the GTS badges, which should go a long way in making this Cayman even more impressive in the corners.

And at the end of the day, that’s what Porsche’s customers really want. If a blistering 0-to-60 mph is more your speed, then the ‘Vette is where you should look.

Long story short, the Cayman GTS is worth it – just so long as you were originally planning on getting a little heavy-handed with that options list anyway.

  • Leave it
    • Seriously expensive
    • Much faster options already on the market
    • Standard Cayman might be the smarter buy for some

References

Porsche 718


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Read our full review on the new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman.

Porsche Cayman


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Read our full review on the previous 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS.

Porsche Boxster


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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Boxster GTS.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Minor styling changes to the front and rear fascia

Introduced in 2005 as a hardtop coupe iteration of the ever-popular Porsche Boxster roadster, the Cayman gets all the same good stuff as its topless sibling, plus the added rigidity and aggressive looks of a fixed roof. The latest fourth-generation was introduced in 2016, dubbed the 718 after the racer Porsche built in the late ‘50s. Now, Porsche is adding a new GTS iteration for the 2018 model year, and although we’ve seen a Cayman GTS in the past, this is the first time the formula has been applied to the fourth-gen 718. Per usual, the upgrades include a marginal power increase, more standard equipment, blacked-out trim pieces, and high-end interior materials.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS.

Official video

Exterior


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739173
“The basics are completely unchanged – you still get a two-door coupe that’s low, wide, and rounded”

Per Porsche tradition, the 718 Cayman GTS looks only marginally different next to non-GTS iterations. The basics are completely unchanged – you still get a two-door coupe that’s low, wide, and rounded. The 911-inspired front end gets teardrop-shaped headlight housings, each with a set of quad lighting elements. The profile leads the eye rearwards, with a swept-back, streamlined shape, plus a prominent intake added just ahead of the rear wheels. The tail is curvy and short, bulging at the sides with sizable hips that give the whole thing a forward-leaning, raked stance.

Basically, it’s a two-door coupe version of the two-door Boxster roadster. We think it looks good, albeit a bit predictable.


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739167
“To help the GTS variant stand out, Porsche added a series of subtle, yet effective upgrades, including redesigned fascias and black trim pieces.”

To help the GTS variant stand out, Porsche added a series of subtle, yet effective upgrades. Kicking it off is a redesigned front fascia, which the Stuttgart automaker has dubbed “Sport Design.” Basically, this encompasses a new lower half for the front bumper, gaining tweaked intakes and additional black components that seem to stretch from fender to fender. The result is a wider look for the GTS.

left
right

The Cayman GTS looks wider than the standard Cayman thanks to a new front fascia.

The complement the new front fascia, Porsche also added a few updates to the tail, although differences here are a bit more difficult to pick out.

Finally, a slew of black accents were added front to back, and include black badging and insignia, as well as a tint added to the front turn signals and taillights. Finishing it off are matte-black wheels, sized at 20 inches in diameter at each of the four corners.

Interior


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739169
“Step into the Cayman GTS’s interior, and you’ll find the traditional two-seat layout, just as you’d expect”

Step into the Cayman GTS’s interior, and you’ll find the traditional two-seat layout, just as you’d expect. The space is tight, hugging the passengers in the typical sports car fashion, while drivers grip a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Prominent handles can be found on the doors, while rounded air vents are on the dash. Adorning the center console is a digital infotainment screen, plus a plethora of buttons and switches to adjust the various onboard systems.

All pretty standard stuff, if we’re honest. However, much like the exterior, the GTS stands out thanks to a few choice upgrades. For starters, you’ll notice the Porsche chronometer placed high on the dash, a feature you’ll find on every Cayman GTS thanks to the standard Sport Chrono Package (more on that in the next section).


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739186
“Much like the exterior, the GTS stands out thanks to a few choice upgrades, including a standard chronometer, sport seating, and further black accents.”

Further upgrades include a variety of black accents, plus standard Sport Seats Plus

sitters specifically engineered to provide ample lateral support while exploring the Cayman’s lofty cornering abilities. High on the seats, you’ll find the GTS logo embroidered into the seat headrest, while Alcantara adorns the seats’ center sections. Further Alcantara was added to the steering wheel, center console, and door armrest.

Options include the Navigation Module Package and Connect Plus Package, as well as the Porsche Track Precision App, which basically relays pertinent track data to your smartphone as part of the Sport Chrono Package.

Drivetrain


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739165
“Displacement still comes in at 2.5 liters, but peak power is rated at 365 horses, 15 more than the S.”

Mounted behind the cabin, the Cayman GTS comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer flat-four engine, the same lump you get with the Cayman S. As an upgrade over the standard 2.0-liter flat-four in the base model Cayman, the S produces as much as 350 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, a sizeable increase over the base model’s 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet. Properly motivated, the Cayman S can manage a run to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph.

The GTS sees a little more added on top thanks to a new intake plenum and update to the turbocharger. Displacement still comes in at 2.5 liters, but peak power is rated at 365 horses, 15 more than the S. Sending the power to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual gearbox, although a seven-speed double-clutch automatic (popularly known as the “Porsche Doppelkupplung,” or PDK), is also offered as an available option.


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - image 739185
“The GTS sees a little more added on top thanks to a new intake plenum and update to the turbocharger”

Torque in the 718 Cayman GTS is rated at 317 pound-feet when equipped with a PDK, or 309 pound-feet with the manual transmission. Max torque hits at 1,900 rpm, lasting until 5,000 rpm with the PDK and 5,500 with the manual.

Clearly, the PDK is the faster option, and as such, acceleration with the seven-speed looks like 3.9 seconds to 60 mph – about a tenth of a second quicker than the S. Top speed is rated at 180 mph, 3 mph faster than the S.

Finally, the GTS comes standard with a sport exhaust, finished with black pipe tips to complement the rest of the black trim.

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS Porsche 718 Cayman S 2018 Porsche Cayman GTS
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer engine / 6 Boxer engine / 4 turbocharged flat-four
Displacement 3.4-liter 2.5 liter 2.5-liter
Engine layout Mid-engine Mid-engine Mid-engine
Horsepower 340 HP @ 6,700 RPM 350 HP @ 6,500 RPM 365 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 280 LB-FT 309 LB-FT 317 LB-FT
Top Track Speed 177 mph 177 MPH 180 MPH
0 – 60 mph 4.7 seconds 4.4 sec/4.2 sec (4.0 sec w/ Sport Chrono) 3.9 seconds

Chassis And Handling


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“The Cayman GTS has the right stuff to be an absolute delight in the corners.”

While certainly quick, one of the Cayman’s biggest selling points is the way it handles. Indeed, with a mid-/rear-mounted engine and relatively low curb weight (roughly 3,000 pounds), not to mention Porsche’s reputation for building razor-sharp track toys, the Cayman GTS has the right stuff to be an absolute delight in the corners.

Making the most of it is the standard Porsche Torque Vectoring system, which throws in a mechanical rear-differential lock to keep the traction flowing. Buyers also get standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Also note, the PASM lowers the car by 0.39 inches compared to the standard Cayman suspension set-up.

Finally, the Cayman GTS comes standard with the popular Sport Chrono Package, which enables a sportier drive mode perfectly suited for track driving. Features like Launch Control, faster gear changes, a sharper throttle response, and dynamic transmission mounts are all included.

Prices


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Order books are open now for the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, with first deliveries expected to arrive by March of 2018.

Pricing for the Cayman GTS is set $79,800, which is a little over $27,000 more than the standard model Cayman.

Competition

Jaguar F-Type


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If you prefer a sports car with an extra dose of grand touring style, then Jag has what you need with the F-Type. Offering a variety of trim levels and price points, Jag’s best fit for the 718 Cayman would be the $80,000 R-Dynamic Coupe, which equips a front-mounted 3.0-liter V-6 that’s supercharged to produce 380 horsepower at the rear wheels. Not only does it look incredible, but it’s also got enough muscle to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 161 mph.

Read our full review on the Jaguar F-Type.

BMW M4 Coupe


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Slotting in as the Bavarian’s compact two-door performance machine, the M4 Coupe is a muscle-bound luxury sports car dripping in track-inspired styling cues. Even better, it’s got the goods under the hood to back the aesthetic, rocking 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque thanks to a turbocharged inline six-cylinder. And although pricing starts at $64,200, well below the sticker for the Cayman GTS, the M4’s long list of options is sure to pad the bottom line significantly.

Read our full review on the BMW M4 Coupe.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06


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Sometimes, subtlety needs to take a back seat to raw, unbridled performance, and in circumstances such as those, the Bow Tie offers the Corvette Z06. Producing a whopping 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, this all-American bruiser trounces the competition in terms of acceleration, hitting the 60-mph mark in just 3 seconds flat. Either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic routes the muscle rearwards, while mammoth grip comes courtesy of real working aero and wide Michelin tires. It’s even got carbon brakes to slow it down. And starting at just over $80,000, the Z06 won’t break the bank either.

Read our full review on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Conclusion


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“The GTS thing is nearly thirty grand more than standard model, which begs the question – is it really worth it to pay the equivalent of a brand new Dodge Challenger or Toyota 86 to get the GTS?”

At first glance, the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS might seem a bit too pricey for its own good. After all, this thing is nearly thirty grand more than standard model, which begs the question – is it really worth it to pay the equivalent of a brand new Dodge Challenger or Toyota 86 to get the GTS?

For many folks, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Sure, in terms of power, the GTS isn’t setting any sort of new benchmarks, and although an extra 15 horses over the S isn’t a lot, it’s good enough to optimize the rest of the equipment you get with the model. The active suspension, Sport Chrono Package, and torque vectoring system are all included with the GTS badges, which should go a long way in making this Cayman even more impressive in the corners.

And at the end of the day, that’s what Porsche’s customers really want. If a blistering 0-to-60 mph is more your speed, then the ‘Vette is where you should look.

Long story short, the Cayman GTS is worth it – just so long as you were originally planning on getting a little heavy-handed with that options list anyway.

  • Leave it
    • Seriously expensive
    • Much faster options already on the market
    • Standard Cayman might be the smarter buy for some

References

Porsche 718


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Read our full review on the new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman.

Porsche Cayman


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Read our full review on the previous 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS.

Porsche Boxster


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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Boxster GTS.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Porsche 718 GTS Unveiled

Porsche just announced new GTS iterations for the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, offering more power, more standard equipment, and blacked-out exterior trim. The star of the show is the mid-mounted, turbocharged, 2.5-liter flat-four engine, which gets a power boost thanks to a new intake plenum and turbo optimization. Peak output now comes 365 horsepower, a 15-horse increase compared to the existing 718 S. Making the cog swaps is a standard six-speed manual, although a seven-speed PDK automatic is also available. Torque is rated at 317 pound-feet if you get the PDK and 309 pound-feet for the manual. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds with the PDK, while top speed is rated at 180 mph.

Helping it corner is a standard mechanical rear-differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring. The Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management, and a sport exhaust are also standard.

Aesthetically, the new GTS models get black 20-inch wheels, as well as a tweaked front fascia, tinted lights, black badges and trim, and black tips for the exhaust. Inside, you get a standard chronometer on the dash, as well as standard sport seating with the GTS logo embroidered into the headrests. Alcantara is the material of choice for the upholstery, and can also be found on the steering wheel, center console, and armrests.

Pricing starts at $79,900 for the Cayman and $81,900 for the Boxster, which is about $26,000 more than the standard models. Order books are open now, with deliveries expected for March of next year.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Passport: The Smart Way to Overpay for your German Car Addiction

We’ve heard the story before, and for some reason, the idea keeps coming around. So what is it that I’m talking about? Well, I’m talking about car subscription services. And, the latest to jump into the ranks is Porsche with a new program that will let you pay a monthly fee for access to cars like the Porsche 718 Boxer, Cayman S, Macan S and the Cayenne. The monthly fee? Oh, just $2,000. For that $2,000 you get access to a total of eight different cars. If you want more, you can level up from the “launch” package to the “accelerate” package for an extra $1,000 – bringing the monthly total to $3,000. With that subscription, you’ll get access to models like Macan GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S, and the Carrera S. Basically, “Launch” gives you the basic, entry-level models while “Accelerate” gives you access to the higher trim levels.

Now, the first thought that really comes to mind is that the price seems quite high, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a wrong thought, but it does include at least some incentives. First off, the subscription includes vehicle tax and registration, insurance, maintenance, and detailing. It’s all based on a mobile phone app, and there is a one-time activation fee of $500 as well. Plus, you’ll have to pass a credit and background check too. Once users receive their first vehicle same day or future vehicle exchanges can be requested via the app. For now, the program is available to those residing in the metro Atlanta area and is made available through a collaboration between Clutch Technologies LLC and Porsche Passport. So, how does this subscription service stack up against purchasing your own Porsche? Well, let’s take a look.

You Might be Overpaying


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“For that $2,000 you get access to a total of eight different cars”

Now, the nice thing about this subscription is that you don’t have to pay for insurance, registration, plates, or even cleaning and maintenance. However, that $2,000 package gets you a base level model, so let’s take a look at the base, 911 Carrera. Priced at an entry-level price of $91,100, you might think you’ll be paying a ton, right? Well, with the standard $9,215 down, you can get a 36-month lease, with 15,000 miles per year for 3 years for roughly $1,152 a month – that’s $848 less than that “launch” package above. Will insurance and maintenance allow you to keep your total monthly expense below $2,000? I don’t know, I’ve never insured a Porsche, but I’m sure it varies by location as it does for any other vehicle. If you decide to purchase a base 911, you’re looking at $1,499 with the same down payment, which would put you a little closer to that $2,000 per month bracket with insurance. But, with that in mind, you can also do with the car as you wish, so it may be a fair tradeoff.


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“This model will set you back a minimum of $112,000 on the sticker, but with $11,305 down, you can lease one for $1,555 a month or purchase one for $1,840 a month”

Now, let’s talk about the Carrera 4S – one of the same models you get in the $3,000 package and the best Carrera (outside of the cabriolet with the same badge) that you can get. This model will set you back a minimum of $112,000 on the sticker, but with $11,305 down, you can lease one for $1,555 a month or purchase one for $1,840 a month – both significantly cheaper than the $3,000 a month subscription fee even if you cover insurance and maintenance yourself.

Of course, I won’t forget that the program also includes detailing, which can set you back every month or so, if you don’t take care of your own vehicle. And, you can swap out your car for any other of the Porsche lineup (if you have the “Accelerate” package, anyway) so maybe the pricing isn’t all that bad. But, if you’re interested in driving a certain model on a regular, it will most certainly be cheaper to actually buy or lease the car than to opt for this kind of subscription.


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“If you’re interested in driving a certain model on a regular, it will most certainly be cheaper to actually buy or lease the car than to opt for this kind of subscription.”

Now, the question is… What do you think? If you had pockets deep to shell out $2,000 or $3,000 per month, would you do it? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments section below.

References

Porsche 718


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster.

Porsche 911


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

First introduced in 1996 as the company’s entry-level sports car, the Porsche Boxster is now in its third generation, and it just received the GTS treatment with exclusive features and more power. Redesigned to include styling cues from the 911 and 918 Spyder, the third-gen Boxster also received a new, more rigid chassis, revised engine, and a small weight reduction compared to its predecessor. The engine lineup included three flat-six units at first, but this changed in 2016 when a comprehensive facelift replaced them with smaller, turbocharged flat-four powerplants. The update also brought a new name, with the “718” denomination added to the “Boxster” badge as a tribute to Porsche’s iconic race car from the late 1950s. With both the base model and the higher-performance S version already in showrooms, Porsche just expanded the Boxster family with the higher performance GTS version.

Spotted testing in the wild since 2016, the GTS is one of two higher performance versions of the Boxster. While not as aggressive and exclusive as the Spyder, the GTS is indeed a significant upgrade over the Boxster S. Lighter, more powerful, and fitted with extra gear; it gives owner access to more speed and quicker sprint times. When GTS prototypes were first spotted on the road, the first question that came to mind was whether or not the nameplate would also make a switch to turbocharged engines. As it turns out, the naturally aspirated Porsche is slowly dying, and the Boxster GTS also embraced forced induction. How does it compare to the previous model? Find out in the review below.

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Exterior

  • More aggressive front fascia
  • Black badges and logos
  • Sports exhaust with black tips

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“As expected, the new GTS got a more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes”

Having already seen the facelifted 718 Boxster and knowing the kind of upgrades the previous GTS had, the upcoming range-topping model wasn’t much of a mystery design-wise.

As expected, the new GTS got a more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes below the headlamps and a wider lower grille for improved cooling and aerodynamics. The central trapezoidal section is also sportier, while the horizontal slats in the side vents are gone, replaced by a fine mesh in some areas and by nothing at all in the center. Between the nose and the splitter, there are only black elements that seem to float in the fascia, which give the GTS a very unique look.

On top of these Boxster-specific features, the GTS also sports tinted headlamp and indicator lights, and a revised splittler. In the bumper, we can see two additional winglets that most likely enhance aerodynamics.

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“Around back, changes include a redesigned diffuser with more aggressive cutouts and larger exhaust pipes”

Onto the sides, the latest 718 Boxster didn’t change much, and as a result neither did the GTS model. However, we can see black “GTS” graphics on the lower doors and a set of matte black, five-twin-spoke wheels. This rims aren’t only lighter than the standard units, but also cover upgraded brake discs and much larger, red-painted calipers.

Around back, changes include a redesigned air diffuser with more aggressive cutouts, as well as larger exhaust pipes. Above the fascia, there’s a movable spoiler that not only improves downforce but also becomes useful under braking and during cornering too. The redesigned taillights with 3D LED technology and the black strip with “Porsche” lettering between them also give the GTS a more aggressive look. The beefed-up roadster should also get a couple of new paint colors and new, lighter wheel designs. The GTS-spec rear end is rounded off by smoked taillight lenses, “718 Boxster GTS” lettering in black, a black diffuser-like element, and black tips for the standard Sport Exhaust system.

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THE COMPETITION


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Thanks to the new 911-inspired styling, the Boxster GTS wil be one hot roadster, but that’s not to say that the competition doesn’t have an attractive design. Introduced for the 2018 model year, the Audi TT-RS sports the company’s latest styling language, which is based on the previous design but incorporates more angular lines and a sportier stance overall. Although not as sleek as the Boxster, the TT-RS benefits greatly from the massive “Singleframe” grille and big bumper intakes, which gives it the kind of menacing look you wouldn’t want to see in your rear-view mirror. The carbon-look mirror caps, fairly big spoiler, and beefed-up wheel arches also contribute to its race-inspired design.


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The BMW M2 is equally impressive and the Convertible model, which has yet to be unveiled in production form, will have the same attractive features as the Coupe. Also, a bit more massive looking compared to the Boxster, the M2 is essentially a smaller M4 with better proportions. The more compact size also makes it look lighter compared to the bloated M4, and many even went as far as to consider it a spiritual successor to the first-generation BMW M3. While the M2 appears to be a sportier alternative to the TT-RS, it’s not that easy to choose it against the Boxster as the Porsche has a completely different layout with the engine in the rear. Some say that the Boxster has the engine where it should be on all sports cars, so it’s mostly a matter of taste.

Audi TT-RS Roadster BMW M2 Convertible Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
Wheelbase (inches) 98.6 106.0 97.4
Length (inches) 164.7 176.2 172.4
Height (inches) 53.2 55.5 50.4
Width (inches) 72.1 73.0 70.9

Interior

  • Sport Chrono pack with dash chronometer
  • Alcantara seats
  • Porsche Track Precision Apps

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“The "GTS" badge comes with a few extra features of its own”

Just like the exterior, the cabin is heavily based on the latest 718 Boxster, with only a few features setting it apart. Specifically, you will find the new dashboard with revised A/C vents and the updated instrument cluster of the facelifted Boxster that debuted for the 2017 model year. There’s also a revised steering wheel with new spokes and new center section that bears a closer resemblance with the one seen in the larger 911.

Everything else was carried over pretty much unchanged, but there are some technology updates to talk about. For instance, the standard Porsche Communication Management system features cell phone preparation, audio interfaces, and a 110-watt Sound Package Plus, and it can be enhanced with a navigation module with voice control.


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“The Sport Chrono package is standard, which means there's a chronometer on the dashboard”

The “GTS” badge comes with a few extra features of its own. The Sport Chrono package is standard, which means there’s a chronometer on the dashboard. The seat centers of the standard Sport Seats Plus are wrapped of Alcantara, and feature embroidered “GTS” logos on the headrests. They provide enhanced lateral support and comfort. More Alcantara can be seen on steering wheel rim, center console armrest, and door armrests for a more race-inspired look.

Finally, when the optional Navigation Module and Connect Plus Packages are ordered, the Sport Chrono Package also gets the Porsche Track Precision App. This feature allows drivers to automatically record, display, and analyze driving data obtained on the race track on a smartphone.

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THE COMPETITION

In recent years, both Audi and BMW have positioned themselves in the premium segment with just about every nameplate, and the TT and 2 Series are no exceptions from this rule. Much like GTS compared to the standard Boxster, the TT-RS and M2 borrow the interior layouts and features of the base models, but get several extra features that make them unique and even more luxurious.


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The Audi, for instance, is enhanced by sportier features such as red accents and stitching on numerous elements, “RS” badges, added leather, and a revised instrument cluster in addition to all the goodies that come with range-topping TT models. The sportiness of the TT-RS is further enhanced by the carbon-fiber and aluminum trim on the center console and door panels, the sports pedals, and the bolstered seats. The coupe is also loaded with high-end technology, but there’s still room for options like MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Audi Connect module with Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Bang-Olufsen audio system.


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The M2 sports the oldest interior design in this niche, but that’s not to say it is dated. When it arrives, the Convertible should get the same goodies as the Coupe, including the Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching, carbon-fiber dashboard inserts, an M-spec gear shifter, and bespoke dials and needles for the instrument cluster, as well as a 200-mph speedometer. Other highlights include M logos on the tachometer and door sill plates, and the GoPro and M Laptimer apps. The GoPro app allows the driver to film their laps at the race track, while the M Laptimer records the car’s speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, engine’s speed, steering angle and fuel consumption.

Drivetrain

  • 2.5-liter turbo-four
  • 365 horsepower
  • 317 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds
  • top speed at 180 mph

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“The facelifts ditches the naturally aspirated flat-six for a turbocharged flat-four”

Just like the outgoing model, the new GTS is based on the Boxster S under the hood. This means that it gets its juice from a 2.5-liter flat-four, which puts an end to the nameplate as a naturally aspirated model. This doesn’t come as a surprise, but die-hard enthusiasts were still hoping that Porsche will find a way to keep the GTS an all-motor model. But there’s no need to be disappointed, as the new GTS is quite the potent car, despite the smaller engine.

Using an optimized turbocharger and a newly developed intake plenum, the four-banger in the Boxster GTS cranks out 365 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque (309 with the manual transmission), which accounts for a 15-horsepower increase over the Boxster S. Compared to the base model, which uses a 2.0-liter flat-four, it delivers an extra 65 horses and 37 pound-feet. Naturally, it’s also significantly more powerful than the previous GTS, which had a 330-horsepower and 273-pound-feet 3.4-liter flat-six. Specifically, the new GTS gained a solid 35 horsepower and 44 pound-feet.

Granted, I expected a bit more — as in around 375 horses and 325 pound-feet — but Porsche added just enough extra oomph to make the new GTS stand out in a Boxster crowd.


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“The new Boxster GTS comes with 365 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque on tap”

Transmission options remain the same in the new model. The six-speed manual continues to be the standard offering, but the seven-speed PDK is offered as an option. When equipped with the latter, the GTS needs 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph, which is between a half-second and a tenth-second quicker than the Boxster S, depending on specification. It’s also a lot quicker than the previous GTS, which needed 4.7 ticks to hit the benchmark. Top speed is rated at 180 mph, three mph more than the previous GTS and the current Boxster S. Not bad!

But the GTS isn’t just about extra oomph. The German automaker also included some performance-enhancing options in the package, including Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and a mechanical rear-differential lock or the Sport Chrono Package, both of which are standard. The GTS is also fitted with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 0.4 inches compared to the standard 718 Boxster and Cayman.

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS Porsche 718 Boxster S 2018 Porsche Boxster GTS
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer engine / 6 Boxer engine / 4 turbocharged flat-four
Displacement 3.4-liter 2.5 liter 2.5-liter
Engine layout Mid-engine Mid-engine Mid-engine
Horsepower 330 HP @ 6,700 RPM 350 HP @ 6,500 RPM 365 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 273 LB-FT 309 LB-FT 317 LB-FT
Top Track Speed 177 mph 177 MPH 180 MPH
0 – 60 mph 4.7 seconds 4.4 sec/4.2 sec (4.0 sec w/ Sport Chrono) 4.3 sec/4.1 sec (3.9 sec w/ Sport Chrono)

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

The new TT-RS Roadster carries over with Audi’s award-winning 2.5-liter five-cylinder, but a handful of upgrades make it more powerful than ever before. Now featuring a lighter construction, reduced internal friction, and increased power delivery, the turbocharged unit delivers a whopping 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That’s significantly more than the Boxster GTS, and it enables the German roadster to sprint from 0 to 60 mph just as fast, in 3.9 seconds. On the other hand, the Audi falls behind when it comes to top speed, limited to 155 mph standard and 173 mph upon special request. Moving over to the M2 Convertible, expect it to arrive with the same turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six as the coupe, and motivated by the same 365 horses and 343 pound-feet of twist. But, despite being only marginally less powerful than the Boxster S, the M2 Convertible is notably slower, with the 0-60 mph sprint achieved in 4.3 seconds with the automatic transmission. The manual is even slower, needing 4.5 ticks to get to the same speed. In case you’re wondering what makes the M2 slower, the main culprit is the extra weight.

Audi TT-RS Roadster BMW M2 Convertible Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
Engine 2.5-liter five-cylinder 3.0-liter inline-six 2.5-liter flat-four (est.)
Horsepower 400 HP 365 HP 365 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 354 LB-FT 343 LB-FT 317 LB-FT
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds 4.3 seconds 4.3 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph 155 mph 180 mph
Curb Weight 3,196 LBS TBA TBA

Safety


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Just like the standard Boxster, the GTS features full-sized driver and passenger airbags which are inflated in two stages, depending on the severity and type of accident. The sports car is also fitted with driver and passenger knee airbags. Additionally, there’s the Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP), which comprises side impact protection elements in the doors and two airbags on each side. An integral thorax airbag is located in each seat side bolster, while the door panels contain an upwards-inflating head airbag. Finally, each roadster features a front roll-over protection element made from super-high-strength steel and rear roll-over bars located behind the seats made from an aluminum and steel composite. These enhance protection in the event of a crash, especially in a situation when the car rolls over.

Prices


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Pricing for the new 718 Boxster GTS starts from $81,900, excluding the $1,050 delivery charge. That’s a $12,100 premium over the Boxster S and around $5,000 more than the outgoing model. Five grand may seem like a lot for a facelift, but it’s not that much given that the previous GTS dates back to 2015 and that the mid-cycle updated added $3,000 to the base and S models. On the other hand, the 718 Boxster GTS is only $10,000 more affordable than the base 911 Carrera.

COMPETING PRICES

The TT-RS Roadster came to the U.S. for the 2018 model year with a price tag of $64,900, which makes it significantly more affordable than the 718 Boxster GTS. The M2 Convertible will be even more affordable than the GTS. With the Coupe priced from $53,500, the drop-top is expected to come in at $57,000 before options, a whopping $24,000 less than the Porsche.

Porsche 718 Boxster $56,000
Porsche 718 Boxster S $68,400
Porsche 718 Boxster GTS $81,900
Audi TT-RS Roadster $70,000 (est.)
BMW M2 Convertible $57,000 (est.)

Competition

Jaguar F-Type


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The F-Type may be a bit longer and wider than the Boxster and uses a front-engined lineup instead of a mid-engined configuration, but it’s one of the best options you have besides the Audi TT-RS and BMW M2 in this small niche. Launched in 2013 and regarded as the vehicle that revived Jaguar, the F-Type is available with many drivetrains, starting with a supercharged V-6 that’s good for 340 or 380 horsepower. But, even though the F-Type S is as powerful as the Boxster GTS, it’s a full second slower due to all the extra weight. To get a similar 0-to-60 mph sprint, you’re going to have to look at the R version, which comes with a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 rated at a whopping 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the V-8 model is an all-wheel-drive model, whereas the Boxster is RWD only. If you can settle for the slower acceleration of the V-6 cars, the F-Type is a more affordable choice at $59,900 for the base, four-cylinder model, but the F-Type V6 S is almost as expensive at $81,200 before options. The R version comes in at $99,900.

Read our full story for the Jaguar F-Type.

Conclusion


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The facelift that Porsche developed for the third-generation Boxster brought important changes not only to the current model but the entire nameplate as well. I’m obviously talking about the turbocharged flat-four engine, which eventually found its way into the GTS too. This change alone is huge for the GTS, which ditched the naturally aspirated engine for the first time since it was created. Much like Boxster and Boxster S, the GTS now benefits from more power, significantly better performance, and enhanced fuel economy. Naturally, some purists won’t agree with the switch and to be honest I’m not too happy about it either, but turbocharging is the future and Porsche has no choice but to use forced induction in order for its drivetrains to remain reliable and become significantly more fuel efficient.

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    • Pricier than most competitors

References

Porsche 718


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Read our full review on the new Porsche 718 Boxster.

Porsche Boxster


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Read our full review on the previous Porsche Boxster GTS.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Cayman by TechArt

My colleague, Jonathan Lopez, made a compelling argument on why the Geneva Motor Show is the best annual auto show in the world. I wholeheartedly concur. At the very least, it’s without question the biggest and most attended auto show as automakers from all over the world showcase their latest wares, and in many cases, preview what’s to come. Aftermarket tuners are also heavily involved in Geneva with their new tuning programs and this year’s Geneva is no different with the likes of TechArt bringing with it a new tuning kit for the Porsche 718 Cayman.

As one of the industry’s leading tuners with anything related to Stuttgart’s finest, TechArt’s portfolio of Porsche tuning programs is as good as it gets. It’s worked on just about every iteration and variant of the 911. It also has experience working with the Panamera and Porsche’s two SUVs, the Cayenne and the Macan. Now, the German tuner is setting its sights on the newest member of the Cayman family with an extensive aftermarket upgrade program that tackles all important aspects of the sports car. Exterior upgrades? Check. Interior appointments? Check. Engine update? Check. Chassis and wheels? Check and check.

The result is what you’d expect from a tuner who knows its business like TechArt. Not only was it successful in dramatically altering the 718 Cayman’s appearance, but it also managed to bring more life to the sports car that only a tuner that knows what it’s doing can do.

The 718 Cayman tuning package is all set to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, expect the program to become available to eager-beaver owners of the sports coupe who are in the market for some aftermarket loving’ for their brand new Caymans.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 718 Cayman by TechArt.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

First introduced in 1996 as the company’s entry-level sports car, the Porsche Boxster is now in its third generation, which was launched in 2012. Redesigned to include styling cues from the 911 and 918 Spyder, the third-gen Boxster also received a new, more rigid chassis, revised engine, and a small weight reduction compared to its predecessor. The engine lineup included three flat-six units at first, but this changed in 2016 when a comprehensive facelift replaced them with smaller, turbocharged flat-four powerplants. The update also brought a new name, with the “718” denomination added to the “Boxster” badge as a tribute to Porsche iconic race car from the late 1950s.

With both the base model and the higher-performance S version already in showrooms, Porsche has two more variants to launch before the fourth-generation car steps in to replace the current one. The models in question are the GTS and the Spyder, and the former has already been spotted testing on public roads.

Not much is officially known about the upcoming 718 Boxster GTS and the test car doesn’t look quite ready to hit the assembly line, but the its design isn’t much of a mystery given the fact that we already know what the base and S versions look like. However, the engine is a complete mystery at this point with two scenario being discussed in recent months. Will the GTS continue to use the naturally aspirated six-cylinder or will it get a turbocharged flat-four? How much extra power will it get over the Boxster S? These are the two most important questions that revolve around the new GTS and I plan to answer them in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.


PostHeaderIcon Five Minutes With Derek Bell And The Porsche 718 RS 60: Video

Remember that Petrolicious episode that featured legendary British racer Derek Bell driving the 1960 Targa Florio-winning Porsche 718 RS 60 around the famous Italian circuit? Well, it appears Petrolicious hasn’t forgotten that memorable episode because it has just released a video of one of Bell’s drive runs around Targa Florio.

The video is completely uncut and there’s no narration either. It’s just one camera, positioned from the rear of the 718 RS 60 facing Bell’s back as he drives the car around the circuit with the expertise of someone who has three Daytona titles and a couple of World Sportscar Championships in his sparkling resume.

Even though Petrolicious says that no speed records were attempted during this run, it’s clear by the way Bell is driving the 718 RS 60 that he was pushing it to its limits. The throaty roar of the car’s engine is clearly audible and just as it’s exhilarating to listen to that sound, watching Bell’s drive from this specific angle makes it fell like you’re actually in the car and having your hair your blown up by the wind.

As far as weekend videos are concerned, this one is as good as any video you’ll watch. Who knows, you might even be inspired to go on a joyride or two after watching it.


PostHeaderIcon Derek Bell Drives The Porsche 718 RS 60 Around Targa Florio: Video

There are certain episodes of Petrolicious’ incredible web series that just hits you right in the sweet spot. This particular one counts as one of them because it shines the spotlight on the original Porsche 718, the open-cockpit race car that Porsche built from 1957 and 1962. Just as important is the man on the video. For those who don’t know, that is Derek Bell MBE, the iconic British racer who has won the Le Mans 24 hours five times, the Daytona 24 three times, and the World Sportscar Championship twice. That’s quite a resume, huh?

The episode is as much about him as it is the 718, or to be more specific, the 718 RS 60, the same race car that won the Targa Florio back in 1960. And as fate would have it, Bell had never raced in the iconic Italian race track until he got a chance to do it with the 718 RS 60. Truth be told, this is probably one of the most important episodes Petrolicious has ever developed.

Here you have one of the most iconic British racers in history and one of only a few to actually be bestowed with an MBE title for his contributions to British motorsport and here he is driving one of the most successful race cars Porsche has ever created. It’s the kind of episode that gives you goosebumps, knowing the kind of achievements both the driver and the car have had in motor racing lore. The fact that Bell was driving around Targa Florio only adds to the incredible story of this episode.

I could go on and on, or I could just leave it to the episode to steer you through the whole viewing experience. It’s 11 minutes long and if you make it to the end – as you should – you’ll realize why the Porsche 718 is so important to Porsche, or at least important enough to be revived in the guise of the new 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster.


PostHeaderIcon Autocar Reviews The Porsche 718 Boxster S: Video

Earlier this year, when Porsche dropped the official details on the next-gen Boxster (aka the 718), you could almost hear the collective gasps of Stuttgart loyalists. Sure, there was new styling, a retuned suspension, and a revamped interior, but it’s what Porsche mounted under the rear engine cover that got people talking. Replacing the outgoing naturally aspirated flat-six is a new turbo flat-four, a move that’s seen as sacrilege to some. But is boost and two fewer cylinders enough to ruin something as brilliant as the Boxster? Autocar decided to find out in this six-minute video.

Set against the rolling English countryside, Autocar’s chief tester, Matt Prior, starts by leading us through the logic of why a turbo Boxster could draw such ire. Sure, more power and efficiency are both good things, but with a turbo flat-four, the characteristic Porsche wail is altered. Significantly.

Power delivery is a bit delayed as well, although above 3,000 rpm, the response seems adequate. On the other side, the suspension is well sorted, as is the steering and shifting. Overall, much of the old car’s character remains, even with a new noise coming out the exhaust pipe.

Final verdict? Well, you’ll have to hit play to find that out.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Boxster Tackles Silverstone in Style

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Porsche Experience Center in Silverstone is, to a Porsche fan, Bethlehem. It is the holiest of holy places for putting a sports car through its paces, especially one designed from the ground up for handling twisty roads – a car like the new Porsche 718 Boxster.

So instead of making a pointless ad showing the car driving through some CGI-enhanced mountain road, they sent a Porsche 718 Boxster to the Silverstone center where Chief Driving Consultant Gordon Robertson take it around the course and discusses what makes this bad boy tick:

Porsche 718 Boxster, just to go through its technical specs real quick, comes with a new turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine. Actually, there’s two of them: a 2.0 liter 300-hp unit in the Boxster, and a 2.5 liter 350-hp unit in the Boxster S. Both benefit from VTG technology (variable turbos) which enhances performance while reducing fuel consumption (EU6: 8.1 – 6.9 l/100km; CO2 emissions: 184 – 158 g/km). A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but you can order the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutcher for both variants.

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