718 is of course, the latest designation for Porsche’s dedicated two-seaters that slot in below the 911 line-up in terms of size and price.
Currently, both models have the base ‘non S’ and S variants, which make 300hp and 350hp respectively, and achieve 0-100km/h in 4.9-seconds and 4.4-seconds respectively, an additional 0.2 seconds shaved off with the Sport Plus button option. We found the base Cayman a joy to drive and more than enough for Singapore’s roads, but hey, who doesn’t want more power in a mid-engined Porsche?
GTS models are a halfway house between the road-biased S (for example, 911 S) and more hardcore GT models (eg. 911 GT3, 911 GT2 RS, the latter of which is now the fastest road-legal car on the Nurb).
A new intake duct and ‘optimised turbocharger’, plus what we’re guessing is reprogrammed electronics and more boost pressure, results in 365hp and 430Nm for the 718 GTS models.
As a result, 0-100km/h is demolished in just 4.1-seconds, on to a 290km/h top speed, so the GTS models are significantly quicker than their S and standard brothers.
Like previous GTS models, the 718s come with a host of additional standard equipment that’s optional on the lesser models. This includes the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential (that should improve the cars’ already-impressive handling) and a sportier, active suspension lowered by 10mm (Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM).
Also in GTS tradition the interior features large swathes of alcantara fabric, not least on the special GTS-badged sport seats, while the exterior cues include a more aggressive Sport Design front and rear apron/bodykit (with centrally-mounted sport exhaust), blacked out tail and headlamps, 20-inch wheels in satin black.
The 718 Boxster GTS is priced at $390,488 without COE, while the 718 Cayman GTS goes for slightly less, at $385,688 without COE.