The hottest four-litre car in the world
Boxer engine, vacuum cleaner, hand switch – that is sports car cult a la Porsche. Now the new 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 models are going on a cult tour. Again with six cylinders and sharp as never before – this is our conclusion after two cool tours both on the race track and in the wild.
With 1405 Cayman-kilos the 400 HP have an easy job
Back to the future. At first the Porsche community was thoroughly disturbed when the Boxster and Cayman had two cylinders removed and turbochargers installed. A real case of sin, the fan community groaned. Obviously so loud and long lasting that the Porsche fans finally came to their senses. In addition to the four-cylinder, purists can now also order a 4.0-litre, free-intake boxer engine with six cylinders. It was derived from an engine that already powers the 718 Spyder and the Cayman GT4. In the GTS models it delivers 400 bhp on the road and develops a torque of 420 Nm. The full power is only available at 7,000 rpm, the maximum torque between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm. These are the inner values that are important to the Porsche cult: high-revving naturally aspirated engines, linear and uncompromising in power development. As a result, the Cayman and Boxster GTS accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the S models and only 0.1 seconds slower than the higher-positioned 718 Spyder.
On track the Cayman GTS proves to be a racer
On the road, the mid-engine sports car with the crisp six-speed manual gearbox (the double-clutch transmission will be available at the end of the year) is confident on the road. Sporty but comfortable as a GTS model at Porsche should be since its invention in 1963. Even its forefather, the 904 Carrera GTS, had to be suitable for long-distance journeys, unlike its predecessors. This is beyond question for the great-grandchildren. The two-seaters are indeed comfortable, the sports seating reasonably comfortable, as good as it gets despite its actual purpose. In terms of instruments, Porsche relies on classic elements such as the analogue rev counter and speedometer. But with the central touch screen, you are back on the cutting edge. Only the operation of the small display (7 inch) costs nerves. You have to aim your fingers very precisely to hit the right tile. Two chassis are available to the 718 buyer. The PASM with adaptive damper system and a lowering of 20 millimetres is standard. For those who want a more comfortable ride, there is the ten millimetre version. We tried out both alternatives on the Estoril race track. And – faced with the choice – we would also choose the sharper version for road use. The 718 simply drives itself a bit more crisp and dynamic.
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The standard version also includes the Sport Chrono Package with the round driver’s switch directly on the steering wheel, with which the various driving modes from Normal to Sport Plus can be called up. And the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear axle transverse lock. A real technical delicacy, which you can enjoy wonderfully in the Estoril curves. Agile and razor-sharp wiping over the 4.35 kilometre race track, and the PTV provides additional traction when accelerating out of the corners. The steering gear comes from the Porsche 911 Turbo. It is translated ten percent more directly than in the previous models and makes steering almost child’s play, even in such hairy left-right combinations as Gancho (the hook). Here, thanks to high-tech, you hit hooks like a rabbit. All this is underlined by the sports exhaust system, which has lost hardly any of its characteristics despite the petrol particle filter. The two tailpipes have been moved outwards, just like on the 718 Spyder. They are black, as are many other details that characterise the GTS models: the lower rear section, for example, the 20-inch light-alloy wheels in silky gloss black, as well as the spoiler lip, front and rear headlights, also set off in dark. The Cayman will cost 82,000 Euros, the convertible is 2,000 Euros more expensive. This puts the difference between the Cayman and the S-models at an impressive 14,000 Euros. But this is not so important because the GTS series vehicles are lavishly equipped. And if you know the Porsche price lists, you know how quickly you can reach dizzying heights. Our conclusion: the GTS models 4.0 are a must for friends of pure and original Porsche feeling. Gearshift, sound, engine and handling are reminiscent of the days when the 911 was not as big, heavy and powerful as it is today.
Technical data Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 – Engine: six-cylinder boxer, mid-engine – Displacement: 3995 cm³ – Power: 294 kW (400 PS) at 7000/min – max. Torque: 420 Nm at 5000/min – Drive: rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission – Length/width/height: 4391/1801/1262 mm – Unladen weight: 1405 kg – 0-100 km/h: 4.5 s – Vmax: 293 km/h – Consumption 10.8 hp – Exhaust gas CO2: 246 g/km – Price 81,926 Euro.