Porsche is continuing their winning streak after posting their significant growth figures in 2019 by adding two very sporty and high specification models to its mid-engine sports car range: meet the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0.
The new coupe and convertible are powered by a 294 kW (400 hp) four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine, based on the engine used in the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 paired with a manual six-speed transmission and sports exhaust system. The results of this is what you’re already expecting in your head as your read this – exceptional power delivery and a seriously rewarding driving experience. Porsche claims the new 718 GTS 4.0 models will do 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds and top out at 293 km/h.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension is fitted as standard, and also benefits from a 20 millimetre lower ride height in the chassis and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited slip rear differential. Other standard equipment is Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with separately selectable PSM Sport mode and Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM).
Sport Chrono package with upgraded Porsche Track Precision App is also fitted as standard equipment, further emphasising the athletic character of the mid-engine sports cars. As with other typical GTS models, black contrasting design elements and a dark Alcantara® found on the steering wheel rim, centre console, gear lever and armrests on both doors creates a sporty yet elegant feel in the cabin of the new 718 GTS 4.0
The good news continues with the efficiency aspect of the 718 GTS 4.0 which features Adaptive Cylinder Control, a system that is able to de-activate one of the two cylinder banks at low loads. “Direct fuel injection with Piezo injectors and a variable intake system also contribute to the car’s efficiency.” adds Porsche.
The GTS 4.0 six-cylinder engine effortlessly revs to 7,800 rpm with a glorious soundtrack to match, thanks to the standard sports exhaust system with dynamic damper control. The exhaust system is finished off at the rear with the twin tailpipe from the that’s found on the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Sypder.
The 718 GTS 4.0 comes fitted with 20-inch light-alloy wheels in Satin-Gloss Black as standard, wrapped in high-performance tyres measuring 235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear. Helping the car come to a stop is a performance braking system featuring cross-drilled discs and red calipers. As always, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are available as an option.
Tick the option for the GTS interior package and you get the choice of another colour: the choice here is between Carmine Red or Chalk, accentuating the rev counter, seat belts, all decorative seams including the embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and the Porsche lettering on the floor mats with black borders. The trim elements are made of carbon, including the centre console trim.
Delving further into the interior, occupants are greeted with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a high-resolution seven-inch touchscreen and the Sport Chrono package, including the enhanced Track Precision App. This smartphone app shows performance-related data on the PCM display while in race track use and records it for later analysis. Further options for inside the cabin include the BOSE® Surround Sound System and Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.
Australian delivered models also receive, as standard, cruise control, seat heating for driver and passenger, heated multi-function steering wheel, two-zone automatic climate control, light design package, alarm system with interior surveillance and windscreen with grey top tint in the interior. ParkAssist with reversing camera, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and automatically dimming mirrors are standard on the vehicle exterior. Standard infotainment features will include Navigation with Porsche Connect, digital radio and Apple® CarPlay with Siri® voice recognition.
The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 is priced from $172,400^ and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is priced from $175,200^. Both are available to order now and will arrive in Australia from mid-2020.
^ Prices are manufacturer’s recommended retail prices before statutory on-road and dealer delivery charges, which vary from State to State