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Old 11-26-2016, 08:51 AM   #1
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Porsche is getting ready to expand its 718 lineup with the addition of high-performance GTS models.

Our spy photographers caught the new 718 Boxster GTS out testing, sporting camouflage on the front bumper along with a new spoiler lip. As this will be a more hardcore performance version, you can expect the suspension to be stiffer and a lower ride for the car while unique wheels and a sports exhaust will really help the GTS stand out.

The same turbocharged four-cylinder engine is expected under the hood with a power bump somewhere north of 15 horsepower, the current differential when jumping from S up to the GTS model. That will put the new GTS somewhere around 375 horsepower. Both a PDK automatic and a manual transmission are expected to be offered.

SEE ALSO: Porsche Adds New Variants to Panamera Lineup

When a revised GT4 model arrives based on the updated 718 Cayman and Boxster, it is expected to keep its naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine.

The Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS should hit the market in the second half of 2017.
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Old 11-26-2016, 05:02 PM   #2
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Can't wait for the 718 GT4.
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Old 11-26-2016, 05:19 PM   #3
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Can't wait for the 718 GT4.
The fact that it's going to be the only Cayman without a flat-4 just makes it even more appealing.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:11 PM   #4
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About six weeks ago I was able to drive the 718S back to back with a M2 - night and day, the 718S was an absolutely scalpel driven by a very responsive engine. Totally different league to the M2.

The 718GTS will be the icing on the cake - discount the naysayers with respect to sound, its just different to the 981. If anyone is thinking of getting one - make sure you get sport chrono, PDK and PTV. Ignore the "purists" the PDK is far better than the manual (you can use it in manual mode, with sport chrono you get motorsport shift timing, data logging and you get flexibility) and I've been able to heel and toe, flat shift for more than 30 yrs . In my experience I would say get the tech because, in the case of Porsche, it actually enhances the driving experience rather than dulls it.

Its also worth noting that Porsche are bringing out "power kits" (they have done this in the past) with new turbos and full exhaust systems (e.g. 991.2) - e.g. no warranty issues. Not sure if they will do this for the 718 series.

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Old 11-28-2016, 11:21 AM   #5
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Having also driven a new 718 S and owning a 981.1 GTS I can say the new S is already faster and handles just as well. If they squeeze more out of that turbo 2.5L for a GTS model it'll be a glorious sports car. Purists will still want the H6, but anyone wanting a fast, nimble sports car will do better with the H4T in the 718. PDK or not is up to the buyer. Yes the PDK is faster if you're going for fastest laps or something with an "auto" mode for heavy traffic, but I do thoroughly enjoy my manual trans for the driving pleasure. For me the PDK was too easy and too boring.
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:50 AM   #6
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As long as they keep making a stick, I want to see how these new engines react to mods. Flat four haters gonna hate.
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Old 11-28-2016, 12:49 PM   #7
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As long as they keep making a stick, I want to see how these new engines react to mods. Flat four haters gonna hate.
I don't think this is the case. It's not that people hate a flat four. People love the flat six and the sound it makes. The sound of an H6 at full song is quite fantastic and you just don't get that out of the H4. Obviously adding the turbo creates a good deal more power and a ton more torque, but the sound is part of the soul of Porsche's sports cars and it has gone. It will simply take time for people to come around to the sound of the H4.
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:38 PM   #8
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As long as they keep making a stick, I want to see how these new engines react to mods. Flat four haters gonna hate.
I could be wrong, but, IMO, I don't think these new turbo H4 will respond well to mods on pump gas. People will need to move on to E85 or 100/110 AKI gas blends to get more power out of them.
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I need to stop configuring a 718S. I'm pushing $90K...
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I need to stop configuring a 718S. I'm pushing $90K...
I no. I've been building base 911's for that very reason.
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But I want optimal engine placement!
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You guys need to stop including extras like wheels and air conditioning. Those are just fancy luxury options that nobody really needs. What exactly do you get with the base 718?

Does it come with an engine, or is that extra?
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Old 11-28-2016, 03:08 PM   #13
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I'm $5k over with body panel and window delete!

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I heard Porsche is having a Cyber Monday deal and the cars are coming with a steering wheel and keyfob to start the car at no additional cost.
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:00 PM   #15
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You guys need to stop including extras like wheels and air conditioning. Those are just fancy luxury options that nobody really needs. What exactly do you get with the base 718?

Does it come with an engine, or is that extra?
$1500 Carrera wheels, $1k to paint them black, over $6K for PDK/PASM/VTD, then I got leather and carbon fiber everything, and of course sweet sweet 18-way adjustable sport seats and the convenience package attached to it and....


And a painted keyfob because you don't buy a Porsche without a paint-matched keyfob.
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Build any Porsche, and some time later, you will be building their most expensive models. Works even better in the dealership - need to know exactly what you want to pay for before submitting to the marketing machine.
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:23 PM   #17
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I do wish Porsche would charge $50k extra for beige interior as a deterrent. Seems all the used cars are stuck with it.
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$1500 Carrera wheels, $1k to paint them black, over $6K for PDK/PASM/VTD, then I got leather and carbon fiber everything, and of course sweet sweet 18-way adjustable sport seats and the convenience package attached to it and....


And a painted keyfob because you don't buy a Porsche without a paint-matched keyfob.
Here's the thing though. I'd only care about PASM and VTD (and PDK to a lesser extent) if I was going to track it a lot. In which case a roll bar, harnesses and Recaros would be in order, whatever are the cheapest seats from the factory would be fine since they would be ripped out anyway. I have a hard time believing I'd see the $XXXX spent outside of on a racetrack. Sure, it might help a little on a spirited drive, but it won't $6000 help.

Always get the keyfob.
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But I want optimal engine placement!
Add rear axle steering to the 991.2
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You guys need to stop including extras like wheels and air conditioning. Those are just fancy luxury options that nobody really needs. What exactly do you get with the base 718?

Does it come with an engine, or is that extra?
I guess a 718S comes with a 7:40 ish ring time on stock summer tires , suspension so well set up that you don't need to visit a chiropractor every time you go for a drive plus a frunk and a trunk.

The ability to option a car to your own tastes and needs is actually a good thing Thats the whole point it makes it unique and special to you.
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I guess a 718S comes with a 7:40 ish ring time on stock summer tires , suspension so well set up that you don't need to visit a chiropractor every time you go for a drive plus a frunk and a trunk.

The ability to option a car to your own tastes and needs is actually a good thing Thats the whole point it makes it unique and special to you.
Agree. And many people who can afford these cars are willing to pay extra to customize them how they want. I personally want the options and don't mind paying.
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$1500 Carrera wheels, $1k to paint them black, over $6K for PDK/PASM/VTD, then I got leather and carbon fiber everything, and of course sweet sweet 18-way adjustable sport seats and the convenience package attached to it and....


And a painted keyfob because you don't buy a Porsche without a paint-matched keyfob.
If the new GTS is anything like the old package you'll get PASM standard along with sport chrono and the sport exhaust and the package will cost $2000 less than adding all of them to the S model.
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If the new GTS is anything like the old package you'll get PASM standard along with sport chrono and the sport exhaust and the package will cost $2000 less than adding all of them to the S model.
I'm not buying a 4cyl Porsche.
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I'm not buying a 4cyl Porsche.
Right?? Just buy a GTS coming off a lease in a year or two.

I don't care if it's slower. My dad's 997.2 S "feels" slower than my 335is because of the N/A engine but the sounds and linear pull are just incredible.
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So buy a 4-cyl VW with a Porsche badge.


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Right?? Just buy a GTS coming off a lease in a year or two.

I don't care if it's slower. My dad's 997.2 S "feels" slower than my 335is because of the N/A engine but the sounds and linear pull are just incredible.
Yup. H6 isn't a fast as the new turbo H4 because of the fat torque curve the turbo offers, but the car just feels so perfect with the linearity of the H6. I wasn't planning on selling the car, ever, but it's nice to know that having the NA H6 boosts future resale.

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