- Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 editions get 394-horsepower, 4.0-litre flat-six
- Zero to 100 km/h estimated at 4.5 seconds
- MSRP to be announced closer to the on-sale date, scheduled for this summer
As if the 718 Boxster and Cayman range wasn’t substantial enough, the German sports car maker will be adding two new Porsche 718 GTS variants to its portfolio. As their names suggest, the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and Cayman GTS 4.0 will use a six-cylinder engine similar to the one in the 718 GT4 and Spyder models, but with a slightly lower output.
Obviously displacing 4.0 litres, the naturally aspirated, flat-six engine in the Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 variants develops 394 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to a six-speed manual transmission, and no PDK gearbox is offered. Zero to 100 km/h is a done deal in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 293 km/h. Rivals will once again include the Audi TT RS—if it lives past the 2020 model year—in addition to the BMW Z4 M40i and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.
In contrast, the Porsche 718 GT4 and Spyder benefit from 414 horsepower and as much torque. The Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 twins replace the 365-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS have disappeared from Porsche Cars Canada’s website. On the other hand, the 718 T editions have recently been added to the mix.
The Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 will also be equipped as standard with the Sport Chrono package, the Sport Exhaust System, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) setup with a 20-mm ride height drop as well as a Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The GTS’ get bigger brakes compared the 718 S editions, while Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) hardware is optional.
The spoiler lip, front-end air intake and lower rear fascia are all dressed in black, while the front and rear light clusters are tinted. Satin-black 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/35ZR20 front and 265/35ZR20 rear tires complete the exterior look of the Porsche 718 GTS 4.0.
Inside, the GTS 4.0 will feature a dark Alcantara interior with black contrasting trim. As usual, a bevy of trims, colours and features will be available as well to personalize the car and drive up the price.
Speaking of which, it hasn’t been announced yet. The Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 will go on sale in the summer of 2020, and we’ll know in a few months how much it will cost, but it should approach the $100K mark, or a few thousand dollars higher than the outgoing $92,600 Cayman GTS and $95,000 Boxster GTS.