The 6 is back!
The wonderful people at Porsche have listened to there fans and its not something that manufacturers always do. The newly launched 718 GTS will be powered by a 6 cylinder and not a 4 pot. This 4.0l flat-six is the same unit found in the 718 Spyder and the Cayman GT4. I have always been a fan of the Cayman and never felt it wasn’t a “real Porsche” just because the engine wasn’t in the back. Putting the engine in the middle of the car usually creates a well-balanced platform.
I wish the Cayman and boxer could just lose that “Poor Mans Porsche” stigma. If one looks at the 718’s as a stand-alone car and not part of Porsche it is absolutely brilliant, It handles exceptionally, is well built and is reasonably priced. The looks have also come a long way from the first-gen, it is now really quite attractive, well in my opinion anyway.
6 Pot Power.
The new two-seaters are powered by the same 294 kW (400 PS) 4.0l six-cylinder boxer engine that is used in the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4. The naturally aspirated engines revs to 7800rpm. When combined with the manual six-speed transmission and sports exhaust system, this results in exceptional power delivery and particularly rewarding driving experience. It achieves the sprint to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 293 km/h. Power is sent to the rear wheels. The GTS rides on standard fit 20″ wheels with 235 sections at the front and 265 at the rear.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is part of its standard equipment. This goes hand in hand with a chassis that has been lowered by 20 millimetres in standard form. Other standard equipment includes performance-orientated components such as Porsche Stability Manage-ment (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 the mechanical limited-slip rear differential. Black contrasting design elements and a dark Alcantara® interior create highlights typical of GTS models. If you ask me Porshe has always had some of the best interiors and the GTS is no different. I have no info regarding pricing and availability around the world but they go on sale in Germany from March 2020. The Price starts at €83,949 which is fairly good in my opinion. Would you buy this over the entry 911 Carrera?