718 Boxster, Cayman GTS 4.0 revealed as best new Porsche money can buy

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Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0

They get a slightly detuned version of the 4.0-litre flat-six from the range-topping 718 models but have nearly the same sprint to 60.

The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and Boxster GTS 4.0 arrive to tempt enthusiasts by packing a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine and exclusively running through a six-speed manual gearbox. If the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Boxster Spyder are too extreme or expensive for your tastes, then this pair might be the ultimate Porsche to fulfil a person's driving desires.

The 4.0-litre flat-six in these models produces 394 bhp (294 kilowatts) and 309 pound-feet (419 Newton-metres) of torque. The redline is at 7,800 rpm. For comparison, the version of this mill in the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder produces 414 bhp (309 kW) and 309 lb-ft, meaning that 718 GTS 4.0 buyers give up just 20 bhp (15 kW) versus the range-topping models.

According to Porsche, the tune of the 4.0-litre engine in the new 718 GTS 4.0 models can get the vehicles to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 182 mph (293 kph). This is just a blink-of-an-eye slower than the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder that require 4.2 seconds to reach 60 mph.

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The 718 GTS 4.0 models also come with a wide array of performance-oriented standard features. The Porsche Active Suspension Management system drops the ride height by 0.79 inches (20 millimetres) in comparison to the standard variants of these models. They also boast Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The front brakes now measure 13.78 inches (350 millimetres) and 12.99 inches (330 millimetres) are the rear. Ceramic-composite brake discs are also an option.

The unique exterior touches for these models include a black front lip spoiler, fascia, and revised lower bumper design. The vehicles ride on 20-inch wheels with a satin black finish.

Inside, the 718 GTS 4.0 gets Porsche's Sport Seats Plus. Black Alcantara covers the centre sections of the chairs, in addition to the steering wheel, centre console, gearshift, and door panels. For the Cayman, Alcantara is on the A-pillars and headliner, too. 

The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 go on sale today in the United Kingdom with first deliveries in March. Starting prices are £64,088.00 and £65,949.00 RRP including VAT, respectively.