If you’ve driven the 718 in Cayman or Boxter guise, you may understand that the engine is maybe the greatest issue with the cars ability to create driver engagement. The turbo 2.5 Boxer engine feels somewhat out of place, not in power or even the delivery but the theatrics that the engine should provide in a sports car. The older generation of engines poses serious auditory evocation as it climbs through the rev range and on to redline. A statement even that maybe is better emphasised by the fact that the engine simply feels like a power plant, and not a heart making the experience less engaged compared to before.
Purists where properly upset with not only the engine but so to the sacrilegious name 718, lifted from the 1950s and 60’s single-seater racers. The package makes a great deal of sense given the dynamic chassis and ability and the pure rapidness but lacking somewhat in emotive connection, with the more comfortable less on the edge feeling not dulling the car.
Seeking redemption Porsche has taken the Cayman GT4 drivetrain and 6-speed manual gearbox to create the GTS. Power is rated at 294kW and 420Nm which when translated into acceleration results in a 4.5second 0-100 and a 295km/h top speed.
Dynamically, ride height is lower 20mm from the 718 and 718 T with a torque vectoring limited-slip differential to keep the 265/35 R20 rears in check. Upfront red brake callipers and vented cross-drilled disks with the optional Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes available at extra cost.
Internally the GTS benefits from the addition of Alcantara cladding through the cabin, with inserts on the Steering wheel, centre console and seats. Carbon trim is accentuated throughout, with the optional interior package with the choice of Chalk or Charmine red seat bealts, seams and embroidering in the headrest with the GTS insignia.
The Sport Chrono package with upgraded Porsche Track Precision App is fitted standard for the track hero. Sports exhaust with the twin tailpipes allow the 4.0litre to roar as it should but for traffic and pottering around town the Bose Sound System will provide more than enough noise.
Pricing in South Africa
Porsche has yet to release South African prices, but expect them to be the price of a very good version of the frankly better 911.