Porsche is calling it quits on the naturally aspirated flat six, with the 718 Cayman and Boxster sporting a turbocharged four-cylinder ever since they also gained a facelift and the 718 designation.
Now the downsizing has naturally occurred inside the GTS version as well, using the same smaller engine with the displacement dropped from 3.4 to 2.5 liters. After the dynamic duo has been presented online recently, the automaker has also decided to showcase them in action – one seeing them perform in beautiful Sicily with Indy driver Dario Franchitti and race car driver CJ Wilson driving them. Of course, in good VW Group tradition, making out the differences between the 718 S and the GTS is a sport for professionals, with only the details making the differentiation.
The 718 GTS has blacked out bits inside and out, and the simplest giveaway would be to check out the new 20-inch matte black rims. The great think about the GTS is you’re getting a lot of standard perks from the optional list – headed by the Sport Chrono Package and the sport exhaust system. Purists can rejoice driving stick, while at an additional cost there’s the seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission available as well. Lose some, win some – the GTS has two cylinders less, but an additional 35 horsepower compared to the predecessor – and also trumps the S models by 15 hp. The PDK version has 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) and the best performance: 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.1 seconds and a great 180 mph (290 kph) maximum speed.