Porsche’s flat six 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0

What I love about Porsche is they aren’t afraid to pivot their marketing and product strategies to meet the demand of customers. 

Back in 2013 they released the GT3 in PDK form only. The rationale claimed it’s a sport derived machine with the purpose of producing the fastest lap times possible, and a PDK equipped car will always be faster than that of a manual car. Yet despite this fact, and the fact sales of PDK equipped cars far outweigh manual cars in other variants, Porsche gave its customers what they begged for—a option for a manual GT3. 

A few years after the 991 generation GT3 was released, Porsche shocked brand fans with the release of the 718, replacing the Boxster and Cayman and their celebrated 911 derived flat six engines, with dull but impressively engineered flat four cylinder engines. No one article or review has found the new engines to deliver on sound or experience describing the cars as competent but lacking. 

With most crying out for the return of the flat six engines, Porsche have met the demand half way by throwing in such an engine as a premium offering in the much lauded GTS variant. 

And once again, Porsche are doing their best to give customers what they want amidst all the social, economic, and political push toward electric vehicles. 

The 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0

So. With the new 718 GTS 4.0, what are those lucky customers getting? Essentially these engines are detuned 4.0-litre flat-six units from the recent GT4 but still producing a healthy 395bhp, revving to 7,800 rpm, to slam home a 0-62mph in 4.5secs.

In GTS 4.0 guise you also get PASM Sport suspension with a 20mm lower ride height, Porsche torque vectoring and a mechanical limited-slip differential, active drivetrain mounts, Sport Chrono, a sports exhaust and a couple of other small additions. Wheels are a black 20-inch design fitted with 235-section front and 265-section rear tyres with the option to fit ceramic brakes. 

Inside Alcantara makes an appearance just about everywhere—the centre panels of the standard Sport Seats Plus, steering wheel rim, centre console, gear lever and armrests on both doors. In the Cayman, Alcantara is also on the A-pillars and roof lining.

An optional interior package adds a bit of colour and gives buyers the choice between Carmine Red or Chalk. The rev counter and seat belts get the treatment, as do all decorative seams including the embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and Porsche lettering on the floor mats. Additionally, trim elements as well as the centre console trim are made of carbon.

In Australia, the prices are expected to start at $172,400 for the Cayman GTS and $175,200 for the Boxster GTS plus on-road costs.

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