Mat’s been behind the wheel of the new Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, but has the return of the flat-six engine improved the sports car?
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 specs
Engine: 4.0-litre flat-six
Top speed: 182mph
0-60mph: 4.5 seconds
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 design
Despite a larger engine coming along to do away with the (frankly) rather disappointing 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the design of the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS has been left pretty much untouched.
There are some tweaks, though — the front bumper looks a bit more aggressive and it gets 20-inch alloys as standard. It still has a pop-up spoiler at the back and it looks especially frog-like if you opt for the £1,658 Python Green paint finish. Oh, and you can get some GTS 4.0 stickers are down the side so people don’t mistake it for anything else.
It’s a pretty cool looking thing in all, though there is the even more aggressive GT4 version if you’re desperate for something that looks even racier.
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 interior
The interior of the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 is pretty much the same as the standard car as well.
That means you still get a fantastic, low-slung driving position with decent amounts of leg and headroom if you’re on the tall side. There’s an old-fashioned analogue gauge cluster in front of you too rather than any digital dials — which we’re fans of here. There is a little screen for flicking through info on the car or navigation, though.
Less good is the infotainment system. You don’t get Porsche’s sleek new one here, rather a clunky and basic system. You do get physical controls for the air conditioning though, which makes it dead easy to use on the move.
The front boot of the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 has 150 litres of storage, room for just about carry-on size suitcases. There’s a quoted 270 litres in the back, but that’s including the bit directly above the engine which is pretty much useless — a Toyota Supra has the Cayman beat with its 290-litre boot.
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 driving
One thing the Porsche Cayman has always nailed is the driving experience, and that’s no different with the GTS 4.0. The chassis is still as nimble as ever, plus the steering is ultra-responsive — maybe even more so than the 911.
Having the flat-six engine back is a huge improvement. Throttle response is much better than the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and it sounds much better too.
The Cayman GTS 4.0 is pretty easy to live with every day. Its adaptive suspension means it’ll soak up bumps pretty well, and it’s dead easy to pootle around town, in despite being a low-slung sports car.
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 verdict
The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 builds on a pretty good sports car to make it a truly great one. If you have the means, just go right ahead and buy it.
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