Our 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS was the star of a Yorkshire countryside photoshoot at the end of February for a feature in 911 & Porsche World Magazine. The feature was part of an article written to compare the 2.5T 4 cylinder engined car with the new 4.0 6 cylinder engined updated GTS.
Many die-hard Porsche fans had felt that fitting the Cayman GTS with a turbocharged engine detracted from the whole experience and didn't offer the same raucous engine and exhaust note when being driven hard, as the car was designed to be. Porsche seem to have answered their criticisms with the updated Cayman GTS featuring a naturally aspirated 6 cylinder replacement.
So how does the 2018 car compare to the newer 4.0 GTS? Well you'll have to get the magazine to read the full article. However, from speaking to Dan Trent, the article writer, he seems to think very well indeed. Although the newer model offers a more linear power delivery and a different engine note to the turbocharged engine, it's only when the 4.0 engine explores the full rev range that it makes the difference.
Given that exploiting the full rev range takes you past 70mph in 2nd gear, it would only be on a track that the difference would be noticeable.Therefore for every day use, the 4 cylinder turbocharged engine is much easier to use for more of the time. That, combined with the seemingly stiffer suspension set up of the newer car means that for everyday use, the 2018 718 Cayman GTS can still cut it with the new car and in many ways is the more sensible option.
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