Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS ditch four-cylinder for flat-six
Porsche has dropped its 2.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS fashions from its portfolio, changing them with new variants powered by the 4-litre, naturally aspirated flat-six engine from the Spyder and GT4.
These two new fashions sit above the two.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged S variants and beneath the aforementioned Motorsport Division automobiles, and can go one sale later this spring, with the Cayman GTS costing from £64,088 and the Boxster equal a further £1861.
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In addition to a tweak to the ECU decreasing the four-litre’s output by 20bhp (the GTS fashions produce 394bhp), the flat-six engine is carried over wholesale from its extra unique members of the family, as is the sports activities exhaust system. Whereas torque and weight figures haven’t been quoted – anticipate within the area of 295lb ft and 1420kg – Porsche has confirmed the efficiency figures: 0-62mph in 4.5sec and a 182mph most for the pair. And at present, solely a six-speed handbook transmission is obtainable.
True to GTS custom you’ll discover darker distinction colors are current, together with on the rear lip spoiler, the air consumption and the Sport Design entrance bumper. There’s additionally a bespoke decrease rear bumper, smoked entrance and tail lamps, a set of 20-inch wheels and a number of dynamic tech acquainted to these of you who’ve poked round a Spyder or GT4.
There’s a 20mm drop in journey peak and Porsche’s sport chassis and lively dampers come as commonplace. Torque vectoring and a mechanical limited-slip diff are additionally included within the somewhat beneficiant commonplace specification. Carbon-ceramic brakes stay an choice.
Alcantara continues the sporty theme inside, with the man-made materials protecting the steering wheel, seat centres, gearlever, centre console and A-pillars. On the Cayman the headlining can also be made out of the stuff.
So, why is Porsche bringing again a six-cylinder, NA engine when it made such an enormous tune and dance about its new turbocharged four-pots? Other than the awfulness of the four-cylinder items and the gradual gross sales, the funding required to construct the Spyder/GT4’s naturally aspirated engine from the 992’s turbocharged unit wasn’t small, subsequently providing the GTS with a much less highly effective variant gives the economies of scale finance departments get off on. It additionally seems to have created a peach of a sports activities automobile.