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Reviews The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are Pure Sport

16:08  08 february  2018
16:08  08 february  2018 Source:   automobilemag.com

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S: When Four (Cylinders) Is Greater Than Six

  2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S: When Four (Cylinders) Is Greater Than Six Porsche replaced the iconic flat-6 engine in the Cayman with an all-new turbocharged flat-4, and renamed it the 718. Despite the loss of two cylinders, and a slightly less polished demeanor, the new engine is better in nearly every measurable category.This isn’t another review of Porsche’s mid-engine Cayman sports car, which has earned praise from Kelley Blue Book‘s team of experts for more than a decade. Instead, this is tale about how an all-new turbocharged flat-4 engine, which replaced a beloved naturally aspirated flat-6, strengthened and improved the exemplary German two-place coupe.

CIRCUITO ASCARI, Spain — As it left the pits, the chalky-gray 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS set its lip like a schoolboy in a fistfight and made a dive for The Screw, a wicked downhill left. From here, Ascari uncoiled itself in all its fascinating glory: banked sweepers, tight esses, and slow

First Drive Review. 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman GTS . But, like the S model, the GTS will produce pure stoke when it goes on sale early next spring. Finding its rhythm on a track or a deserted road is a pinnacle experience among any of today’s sports cars.

CIRCUITO ASCARI, Spain — As it left the pits, the chalky-gray 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS set its lip like a schoolboy in a fistfight and made a dive for The Screw, a wicked downhill left. From here, Ascari uncoiled itself in all its fascinating glory: banked sweepers, tight esses, and slow, patience-testing hairpins. More than halfway through the 3.3-mile circuit, Bathhurst—a tight left-hander—enjoyed the shade of an oak. We hurtled by without skidding, and under hard acceleration the GTS's 365-hp, 2.5-liter turbo four barked about the acorns.

Porsche 718 Cayman S: 2nd Place - 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car

  Porsche 718 Cayman S: 2nd Place - 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car Porsche's well-balanced sports carThe major change: a turbo flat-four replaces the flat-six Caymans have had since birth. Displacing just 2.5 liters, it pumps out a flat-six-beating 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available; we went with the PDK dual-clutch automatic. With it comes a Sport Response button, which unleashes 20 seconds of sharper throttle response. Lift, and the throttle stays open with the fuel off to keep the turbo spinning. In addition to new chassis tuning, the rear suspension is wider, and the steering rack has been lifted from the 911 Turbo.

And Porsche has put a cherry on top, too: The 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS get a 15-hp bump over S models courtesy of a bigger turbocharger delivering higher boost pressure through a new intake plenum.

New for 2018 , the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman GTS models offer a host of visual and performance enhancements, and yes, that includes an extra 15 horsepower. The increase is courtesy of a new intake plenum and a tweaked turbo that push total GTS output to 365 horsepower

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Inside the car, the two-way radio crackled. "Do a better job of linking the turns—look at the last cone," urged driving master Matthias Hoffs mmer, leading the way in a 911. Hoffs mmer had seen our big wiggle in the esses, a moment that first suggested going off the track backwards. Instead, though, without any heroic counter-steering, things sorted themselves right out, just as if this brilliant coupe had already memorized the circuit.

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Not that autonomy is a boast of the 718 Cayman GTS—or Boxster GTS. Far from it—driver involvement is everything. Earlier, we had had chosen the latter to come up to Ascari from Estepona, a town on the heavily developed Costa del Sol. We wriggled over the steep Sierra Bermeja in Pe as Blancas pass, the engine's gruff Joe Cocker croon echoing against the eponymous white cliffs. The choice to keep the roadster's top up was not because of the autumn morning's crispness but to protect—wink, wink—against rockslides. The canopy no doubt prevented our seeing any examples of Abies pinsapo, the endangered pine of this part of Spain, the tree that had inspired Federico Garc a Lorca to ask if they were "arrows fallen from the blue."

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS First Drive Review

  2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS First Drive Review Playing the options game

2018 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS : Here They Are . It seems to have worked out the first time around, because Porsche 's just done it again, and revealed the 2018 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS .

BASE PRICES: 718 Cayman GTS , ,850; 718 Boxster GTS , ,950. ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection.

The carmine paint of our Boxster GTS stood out in Ronda, the market town on the Guadalev n River. The Boxster GTS looks a bit different from the Boxster S, having blackened headlight modules, black wheels, and black tailpipes. It also sits 10 millimeters lower. (The 718 Cayman GTS adopts a similar scheme.) In case one misses these cues, a bold script spells out the name over the tail. A six-speed manual is standard, but we had the optional PDK dual-clutch automatic, which is wondrously smooth and efficient. In fact, the GTS with the Porsche Doppelkupplung transmission happens to be quicker from 0 to 60 mph (3.9 seconds versus 4.4 seconds) and gets 1 mpg better (20 city/26 highway versus 19 city/25 highway) than with the manual. So much for the claims of local ace Bobby Elbowspeed.

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Compared to the 718 Cayman S and Boxster S, the 718 GTS cars come with a bit of extra boost (1.3 bar compared to 1.1 bar) and make 365 hp, an increase of 15 hp. The extra urge helps the GTS to scoot .5 second faster to 60 mph, and the Cayman GTS lapped the N rburgring Nordschleife 2.0 seconds faster than the S. Not very much, is it, especially considering that the Cayman GTS costs $80,850 including shipping charges—some $12,100 more than the Cayman S.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual

  2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual Excellence is expected . . . and delivered.Why We Tested It and How It Performed: We’ve already tested the latest manual and automatic non-S Caymans as well as the automatic-equipped S, and the circle demanded completion. Given the launch-control function and lightning-fast shifts of Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission, it’s perhaps no surprise that the quickest Caymans are the automatics, with the base version requiring 3.9 seconds to get to 60 mph and the S just 3.6. The manual-equipped S tested here gets to 60 mph 0.2 second quicker than the 300-hp, stick-shifted base car, 4.1 versus 4.3. So, yeah, none of these cars are slow.

Official Photos And Info. 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman GTS : The Usual Formula, Now for Fours. They’ll surely be quicker in our testing, as are most Porsches relative to their factory performance estimates.

Our 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS , Miami Blue over black, is still damp from sleeping outdoors. When the 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS arrive at dealers in March, they will be the most powerful and the best-performing machines in the company's mid-engine lineup.

What you're getting are special features and trim that together would be more expensive as individual options on the S. Is it worth it? Depends on whether you want to label yourself Serious Porsche Driver.

Serious at Ascari means dipping and bending, braking soon after cresting, and flying off apexes. In the chalky Cayman GTS, the exhilarating throttle response made it seem as if the car had downed plenty of gazpacho for breakfast. Profound stability (it will hit 180 mph), delicious steering, and steadfast and cool ceramic brakes also characterized the performance. It was such a pleasure to drive that it raised the question why anyone would want a 911 GTS. (But then, having more recently driven one, we know the answer is because the 911 GTS is even faster.) Hooked up on 20-inch Carrera S wheels, with torque vectoring and the standard active suspension, the Cayman GTS was one of Lorca's arrows from the blue, as natural to drive as if it flowed on a current.

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There were a couple of moments when we realized, yes, the car weighs 3,097 lb. But with the selector on the 14.1-inch Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel—part of the included Sport Chrono package—dialed to Sport Plus, we let the GTS decide about downshifts and just enjoyed a snug seat against the physical torrents. One's view ends at the cowl as the nose drops away, so the rushing grain of the track surface was immediate. And with the midengine layout giving the chassis a seeming fulcrum point, balance was easy to maintain.

Porsche: No model is off limits for going fully electric—Not even the 911

  Porsche: No model is off limits for going fully electric—Not even the 911 A plug-in hybrid 911 is confirmed to be back on the table.Porsche has clearly stated that it’s not getting on the fully autonomous bandwagon; the 911 sports car will always have a steering wheel, the automaker recently underscored. But Porsche has embraced another big trend: electrification. A plug-in hybrid 911 is confirmed to be back on the table, spurred by the success of the brand’s Le Mans Prototype hybrid race cars, and the electrification of the fabled sports car might not stop there.

1 of 9 The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS starts at ,950 including destination. The GTS gets a larger turbocharger and new intake plenum making an extra 15 hp for a total of 365.

Pure Sport : 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS . Brand’s latest two-seaters are set loose in Southern Spain.

On the cool-down lap, we had a shivery moment, feeling the privilege of testing this great car on such a wonderful track. And what about our conclusions? Automobile Magazine has said the 718 Cayman is "even better than the near-perfect old (pre-2017 model year) Cayman." Both the 718 Cayman GTS and 718 Boxster GTS have the tailored looks, meaty punch, and deft maneuvers that make them such desirable sports cars. We wouldn't bet against the determined schoolboy emerging victorious from any fistfight.

2018 Porsche Boxster GTS Specifications

ON SALEMarch 2018
PRICE$82,950/$109,300 (base/as tested)
ENGINE2.5L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve flat-4/365 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 317 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm
TRANSMISSION7-speed dual-clutch automatic
LAYOUT2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD convertible
EPA MILEAGE20/26 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H172.4 x 70.9 x 50.9 in
WHEELBASE97.4 in
WEIGHT3,098 lb
0-60 MPH3.9 sec
TOP SPEED180 mph
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2018 Porsche Cayman GTS Specifications

ON SALEMarch 2018
PRICE$80,850 (base)
ENGINE2.5L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve flat-4/365 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 317 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm
TRANSMISSION7-speed dual-clutch automatic
LAYOUT2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE20/26 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H172.4 x 70.9 x 50.9 in
WHEELBASE97.4 in
WEIGHT3,098 lb
0-60 MPH3.9 sec
TOP SPEED180 mph

The Dwindling List of Manual Cars You Can Buy New .
Once the standard for all cars, the list of cars available with a manual transmission is shrinking, but still bigger than you think.In a world with traction control, stability control, lane-departure assist, and a thousand other driver-assist technologies I could mention, the old-school standard transmission is going the way of the dodo. But have faith my friends, there are still several auto manufacturers offering up a more analogue solution in this digital world.

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