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New 718 GTS 4.0: Six Cylinders, Naturally Aspirated, Manual Gearbox

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Naturally-aspirated 4.0 liter engine complements enticing GTS formula.

Porsche is adding two new models to its mid-engine sports car range: the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0. The new mid-engine sports cars are powered by a naturally-aspirated four-liter six-cylinder boxer engine developing 394 hp and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is closely related to the 414 hp variant used in the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4.

Equipped exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and standard Sport Exhaust System, the 718 GTS 4.0 models offer exceptional throttle response. Both variants can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top track speed of 182 mph. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport suspension with a 20 millimeter lower ride height (compared to other 718 Boxster and Cayman models) is standard, as is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

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As a result, the new 718 GTS 4.0 balances nimble handling and ride comfort exceptionally well. The standard Sport Chrono package with upgraded Porsche Track Precision App also underscores the driving enthusiast-oriented character of these mid-engine sports cars. Black contrasting design elements and a dark Alcantara interior are highlights typical of GTS models.

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The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 (pictured below) and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 (pictured above) will be available to order in the U.S. in summer 2020. Detailed pricing and arrival timing at U.S. dealers will also be announced at that time.

New 718 GTS 4.0: Details

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The new GTS engine stands out with its superior power reserves and precise throttle response. It revs effortlessly to 7,800 rpm and emits a particularly rich six-cylinder boxer engine sound via the standard Sports Exhaust System. The 718 GTS 4.0 models adopt the twin tailpipe Sport Exhaust System from the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. Its saddle-type design creates space for the contrasting black rear lower fascia, which was specifically designed for the GTS models. As in the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, the powerful naturally aspirated four-liter boxer engine is equipped with adaptive cylinder control that alternately switches off one of the two cylinder banks at low engine loads, direct fuel injection with piezo injectors and a variable intake system to enhance the car’s efficiency.

New 718 GTS 4.0: Six Cylinders, Naturally Aspirated, Manual Gearbox

With exceptionally agile handling and precise steering, the chassis pairs an exciting driving experience with ride comfort suitable for everyday use. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is part of the standard equipment on 718 GTS 4.0 models. The ride height with this performance-oriented suspension is 0.78 inches (20 millimeters) lower than on standard 718 Boxster and Cayman models. The regular PASM suspension with a 0.39-inch (10 millimeter) reduction in ride height compared to standard 718 variants is alternatively available. Other standard equipment on the 718 GTS 4.0 models includes Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with individually selectable PSM Sport mode, the Sport Chrono Package including the upgraded Porsche Track Precision App, Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

New 718 GTS 4.0: Six Cylinders, Naturally Aspirated, Manual Gearbox

The mid-engine sports cars are fitted with 20-inch light-alloy wheels painted in satin black and high-performance summer tires (235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear). In light of the increased power, the brake system has been enhanced compared to the 718 S and previous 718 GTS models. The cross drilled cast-iron front rotors now measure 13.8 inches (350 millimeters) in diameter (up from 330 mm previously) and are equipped with red six-piston calipers, while the rear rotor size has been increased to 13 inches (330 mm). The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is available as an option.

As is typical for GTS models, the spoiler lip, the all-black air intake of the Sport Design front fascia and the redesigned lower rear fascia are kept in black, while the front running light lenses and taillights are tinted.

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Black Alcantara is the material of choice for the interior, covering the center sections of the standard Sport Seats Plus as well as the steering wheel rim, center console, gear lever and door armrests. In the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, Alcantara also covers the A-pillars and the roof lining. With the optional GTS Interior Package, the tachometer, seat belts, all decorative stitching including the embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and the Porsche lettering on the floor mats are kept in either Carmine Red or Chalk. The interior trim for the 718 GTS 4.0 models is carbon fiber; other trims are optionally available.

The 718 GTS 4.0 models come standard with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a high-resolution seven-inch touchscreen and the Sport Chrono package, including the enhanced Track Precision App. This feature can be accessed when ordering the optional navigation system with Connect. Originating from motorsport, the smartphone app shows performance-related data on the PCM display and records it for later analysis. The online navigation module with real-time traffic information, voice control and Porsche Connect are available as an option, as are a BOSE® Surround Sound System and Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.

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Its a Rennlist article  penned by Criss Stanely on the 17 01 2020 .

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I think these will be $200K+ in Oz.  Unsure why you would pay the extra $10 to 15K for the GT4 or Spyder

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Really looking forward to the release of these two - especially the Cayman. Might be time to say bye bye to the 911! 

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11 hours ago, moosey said:

$172k / $175k  plus ORC which will bring both to $200k before any "must have" extras added... so well over $210 / $215k  to get it like you want!!

You still have to be pretty wealthy to afford one.

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And the GT4 is more like $215K + options + ORC. So that makes the GTS around $40K less, not $10-15K difference vs a GT4. Does the GT4 get much in additional standard spec that is cost optional on the GTS?

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I'd say all those extras on the GT4 excluding the aero would be worth around $30k if you went with non-OEM parts. So an extra $40k including the aero over the GTS pricing is about right. Although I think you could get a GTS driving as good as a GT4 excluding aero for around $20-$25k for suspension, wheels, front rotors and tires.  But then I think its the aero kit that makes the GT4 a GT4!

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This was a good watch on the Boxster GTS, and at the end he sums up the differences to the Spyder...

 

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2 hours ago, JWM said:

This was a good watch on the Boxster GTS, and at the end he sums up the differences to the Spyder...

 

That is a great Vid. Very relaxed reviewing style.

Good café - i'll have an espresso too.

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2 hours ago, P-Kay said:

^^^Yep, enjoy Harry's videos

 

33 minutes ago, luzzo said:

That is a great Vid. Very relaxed reviewing style.

Good café - i'll have an espresso too.

Yeah, he seems to be one of the few non-wanker car reviewers on YouTube! Always look forward to his stuff. 

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Has anyone looked further into a 718 GTS? 

I am really fond of the concept, it seems to hit a lot of the GT car notes without being a "GT4"... and that 4.0L is a big draw card. 

I am thinking of getting one as a daily driver in place of my Macan, which with the current life circumstances, I'm not really using for "practical reasons" and don't foresee that changing. Enter the 718 GTS 4.0; I think it could be a cool daily driver with plenty of weekend thrills potential... I would track it too, but keep the GT3 for more serious track duties. 

I've specced one on the config here: Porsche Code: PLNE6A58 and had it quoted by my local dealer... for all intents and purposes, why would I go the extra $$ for a GT4? 

 

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Wow - Kermit all the way!

I haven't looked at options list on these, but on your build have you thought about reversing camera If not included? I was spewing having to pay $1600 on the GT3 for it, but now that I've got it I don't regret it.

Also not sure on the interior on these but smoking package usually gives you 12v in the front and covers that useless little 'bin' with a flap - again if the 718 has it!

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I'm really fond of the concept too. 

Liking your spec. Especially the colour. 👍

I'll have mine 2nd hand though.

Thanks in advance to all those that go before thee. 😆

 

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3 hours ago, sleazius said:

Wow - Kermit all the way!

I haven't looked at options list on these, but on your build have you thought about reversing camera If not included? I was spewing having to pay $1600 on the GT3 for it, but now that I've got it I don't regret it.

Also not sure on the interior on these but smoking package usually gives you 12v in the front and covers that useless little 'bin' with a flap - again if the 718 has it!

Never noticed reverse cam in the option list... and that “useless” little bin I actually put the morning cappuccino in it...  at least in the Macan! 
 

it’s a good point on the 12v outlet, but then again... I believe sports chrono adds the track app I think? Might head down to the dealer... or maybe I shouldn’t 😂

3 hours ago, firstone said:

I'm really fond of the concept too. 

Liking your spec. Especially the colour. 👍

I'll have mine 2nd hand though.

Thanks in advance to all those that go before thee. 😆

 

Not looking for a Macan turbo are you? 😂

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This 718 GTS 4.0 makes for such a dilemma for me.

Heart says next car is another 911 or nothing.

Brain is watching these reviews and slapping me in the face.

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4 hours ago, luzzo said:

This 718 GTS 4.0 makes for such a dilemma for me.

Heart says next car is another 911 or nothing.

Brain is watching these reviews and slapping me in the face.

Maybe this will convince you. Bloody brilliant. Who'd want pdk?

 

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7 hours ago, luzzo said:

This 718 GTS 4.0 makes for such a dilemma for me.

Heart says next car is another 911 or nothing.

Brain is watching these reviews and slapping me in the face.

I am trying to talk myself out of it but I’m not very convincing 😂 

it’s a bad ass car that will fly under the radar, a GT4 with “etiquette” ... lots of appeal if you ask me, the thinking mans Cayman GT4 ... put it this way, if they watered down a GT3 a little bit, people would lose their minds and form a queue.... oh wait 😂😂😂 (GT3 Touring) 

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