The new Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 models: driving pleasure for all the senses

Porsche is adding two distinctively sporty and high specification models to its mid-engine sports car range: the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0. The new two-seaters are powered by the same four-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine that is used in the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4. When combined with the manual six-speed transmission and sports exhaust system, the latest additions to Porsche’s GTS line-up produce 400 hp (294 kW), resulting in an exhilarating driving experience.

The models complete a sprint to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and have a top speed of 293 km/h. Thanks to the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension, as well as a 20 millimetre lower ride height and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited slip rear differential, this new generation of GTS models achieve a remarkable balancing act between dynamic handling and everyday comfort. Alongside the standard Sport Chrono package which emphasises the athletic nature of the new mid-engine models, black contrasting design elements and a dark Alcantara® interior showcase typical features of GTS sports cars.

Similar to the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, the powerful four-litre engine in the new models is characterised by exceptional efficiency. Adaptive cylinder control that alternately switches off 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. The GTS engine also impresses with its superior power reserves and immediate response. It effortlessly revs to 7,800 rpm and thanks to the standard sports exhaust system with dynamic damper control, also enjoys the acoustic advantages of the rich six-cylinder boxer engine sound. The 718 GTS 4.0 models also adopt the twin tailpipe sports exhaust system from the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, which due to its saddle-type design, creates space for the contrasting black rear lower section that was specially developed for the GTS models.

Offering agile steering and responsive cornering, the chassis also promises an exciting driving experience by combining dynamic handling, with suspension comfort that is also suitable for everyday use. The standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) goes hand-in-hand with a chassis that has been lowered by 20 millimetres. Optionally, the PASM sports suspension lowers the body by just 10 millimetres. Other standard equipment includes performance-orientated components such as Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with selectable PSM Sport mode, the Sport Chrono package including the Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited slip rear differential.

The mid-engine sports cars are fitted with 20-inch light-alloy wheels in Satin-Gloss Black. High-performance tyres (235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear) surround the enhanced brake system, which features cross-drilled discs and red callipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are also available as an option.

Dark contrasting details reflect the particularly sporty status of the GTS cars. They have been applied to the spoiler lip, air intake of the Sport Design front apron, the front fog light lenses, the rear light lenses and the redesigned lower rear bumper.

In the interior, dark Alcantara® which creates a sporty and elegant ambience has been used for the centre panels of the standard Sport Seats Plus, as well as the steering wheel rim, centre console, gear lever and armrests on both doors. In the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, it also covers the A-pillars and the roof lining. The optional GTS interior package offers the addition of another colour with the choice between Carmine Red or Chalk which accentuate 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 as well as the centre console trim are made of carbon.

The 718 GTS 4.0 models come as standard with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) which features a high-resolution seven-inch touchscreen and the Sport Chrono package along with the options of either a BOSE® or Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.

Both models are available to order now with first units arriving from May 2020 onwards. Information on the basic retail price, model specifications and local availability can be obtained at the nearest Porsche Centre.

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