Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche is adding two new models to its mid-engine sportscar, the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0.

Both are powered by a 400 hp (294 kW) 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine, based on the engine used in the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4. When combined with the manual six-speed transmission and sports exhaust systems it achieves the rush to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 293 km/h.

The 718 GTS 4.0 models adopt the twin tailpipe sports exhaust system from the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. With its saddle-type design, this creates space for the contrasting black rear lower section that was specially developed for the GTS models.

They have Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension, a 20 millimetre lower ride height and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited slip rear differential.

Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche 718 Boxster

Black contrasting design elements and a dark Alcantara interior create highlights typical of GTS models.

Other features are Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with separately 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 mechanical limited slip rear differential.

These high-performance models have 20-inch light-alloy wheels in Satin-Gloss Black, tyres are 235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear.

The enhanced brake system features cross-drilled discs and red calipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are available as an option.

Inside, Dark Alcantara trim is used for the centre panels of the standard Sport Seats Plus it’s also used on the steering wheel rim, centre console, gear lever and armrests. In the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, it covers the A-pillars and roof lining.

Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche 718 Boxster

The 718 GTS 4.0 models come as 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 smartphone app, which originates from motorsport, shows performance-related data on the PCM display while in race track use and records it for later analysis.

The BOSE Surround Sound System and Burmester High-End Surround Sound System are available as options.

Australians buyers are spoiled, with additional standard equipment. This includes cruise control, seat heating for driver and passenger, heated multi-function steering wheel, two-zone automatic climate control, light design package, alarm system with interior surveillance and windscreen with grey top tint.

Also on the Aussie imports will be ParkAssist with reversing camera, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and automatically dimming mirrors. Then there are Porsche Connect, digital radio and Apple CarPlay with Siri voice recognition.

The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 is priced from $172,400 and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is from $175,200, plus on roads. Both are available to order now and will arrive in Australia from mid-2020.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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