Porsche’s 718 model receives GTS treatment – more of everything, with six-speed stick an option!

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Since Porsche introduced the 718 model Boxster and Cayman, we have been anticipating the GTS model. That day has finally arrived: same 2.5 liter engine but tuned for more power and torque, thanks to a newly developed intake duct as well as further optimization on the car’s turbocharger. This took us a little by surprise, but potential customers will also have the option of a six-speed manual, next to the standard PDK gearbox.

Several options are also now standard on the GTS, including Sport Chrono package, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear differential lock, as well as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers the body by a further ten millimeters.

The blown 2.5 engine now makes 365hp and 430Nm, 15hp more than the standard 718 S model and a significant 35hp more than the naturally aspirated 981 GTS models. Paired with PDK and Sport Chrono Package, the GTS models can complete the century sprint in just 4.1 seconds, on towards a terminal velocity of 290km/h. Just in case you were wondering, these performance figures are pretty close to a 991 Mk1 Carrera S. 

Differentiating the GTS models are a new Sport Design apron at the front which emphasizes the car’s sportier character, along with tinted headlamps, blacked out logos and rear apron, as well as centrally mounted sports exhaust give the GTS a distinctive look. The wheels are larger too – 20 inch and satin black for that murdered out look.

On the inside, the standard leather seats are now replaced with plenty of Alcantara on the steering wheel, center console and armrests. You also get sports seats Plus, with GTS logos on the headrests, which can be electronically controlled two-ways to provide increased lateral support and comfort. Track focused drivers also get Porsche Track Precision App (PTPA), which enables the driver to automatically record, display and analyze driving data on their smartphones.

No word yet from Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) on when the 718 GTS will arrive in Malaysia; we reckon likely at least in the next six to nine months. No pricing yet either, but we expect a slight premium over the 918 GTS models (RM660k Boxster GTS, RM700k Cayman GTS). But we do expect the 718 GTS to be really, really good to drive. We hope to find out.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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