A lot of people were skeptical when Porsche officially announced that it was switching to the turbo-four for 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster, yet the new engine proves to be a worth replacement for old aspirated flat-6. As of now, the car maker is doubling down on its 4 cylinder by improving the power and making this in hotter GTS models.
Both 2018 718 Boxster GTS and Porsche 718 Cayman GTS will feature a turbocharged 2.5L flat-four version, which generates 365hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. The power is up to 25hp from the previous GTS, which packed the aspirated 3.4L flat-six and up to 15hp from turbo-four in 718 S. The extra power can be achieved through the new intake plenum and optimized turbo charger according to Porsche. The peak torque is available from 1900 to 5000 rpm with PDK and 1900 to 5500 rpm with manual.
GTS, just like the typical 718, will come standard with 6-speed manual transmission, with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic available. GTS also gets extras as Porsche Active Suspension Management, Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring. The standard is Porsche Active Suspension Management that lowers the ride height by ten millimeters versus the suspension on the regular 718. All of the upgrades are great for Porsche-estimated 0 to 60 time of 3.9 seconds with PDK and 180mph top speed. To put this into perspective, the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S is basically estimated to hit the 60mph in 4.1 seconds.
The GTS models will get new Sport Design front fascia, which includes tinted front turn taillights and signals, restyled intake openings, matte-black twenty inch wheels, lower rear fascia that’s blacked out, and the black tips on standard Sport Exhaust System. Its interior is also great as standard Sport Seats Plusbuckets get GTS embroidery on headrests and Alcantara-upholstered center section. Alcantara was also used on steering wheel, door panels, and center armrest. Porsche Track Precision App that could record track data on smartphone is included once you choose the optional navigation system that features Connect Plus Package.