I liked the look of this car the moment I set eyes on it at the Porsche Centre Bahrain in Sitra. Dark both outside and inside, it just looked so mean and capable!
First, a bit of history; “GTS” is an iconic and historic badge for Porsche. The first Porsche model to have the GTS badge was the 356 Carrera GT in 1955, followed by the 904 Carrera GTS in 1960. Porsche resurrected the badge some years ago for their top-end models.
This GTS has a slightly improved version of the same turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four found in the S, offering higher boost pressure from its turbocharger. This produces an extra 15bhp, which is not enough extra power to leave the S in the dust at the traffic lights, but it does make a subtle difference.
Until a few years ago the 718 had a much larger 3.4 liter 6 cylinder naturally aspirated engine, but improvements in engine technology have enabled Porsche to produce a smaller, lighter, more efficient, and importantly more powerful engine replacement.
Having the GTS badge on the car means it comes with lots of extras included in the price. These include slightly tweaked body styling, black detailing, a wider and restyled front grille, Sport Chrono, rear limited-slip differential, sports exhaust, brake-based torque vectoring, adaptive dampers with lower ride height, sports seats, and Alcantara leather.
The GTS offers 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. That’s 2 inches wider than the base Cayman, and 1 inch more than the Cayman S (though buyers can choose 20-inch wheels as an optional extra on these other models).
So, with its wider wheels, lower suspension, and a much more powerful engine the GTS is certainly a more exciting drive than a base 718 – by a long way. Zero to 100 kph can be achieved in just 4.1 seconds, which is the same as the S model. The top speed is 290 kph.
The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS has never been so much fun to drive, but speaking on a personal note, the day we took this car was a particularly bad day from traffic in Bahrain, the two round trips between the Gulf Insider offices in the Seef and Porsche Centre Bahrain in Sitra took an astonishing combined time of 2 hours, 40 minutes! The only good thing about this (desperately looking for a silver lining here) was we were able to experience how the car feels in slow heavy traffic…
So how was sitting in this low seated sports car for nearly three hours at an average speed of 27 kph (as revealed by the onboard computer)?
The interior felt like a comfortable cocoon. The sound system was great and the sports seats, which are designed to hug me over tight corners at high speeds, hugged me in great comfort as if they were tailor-made just for me. I also appreciate the Alcantara leather which has a wonderful feel to it. So it wasn’t so bad. I didn’t feel the least bit uncomfortable at the end of the journey from so much time spent being seated.
Despite the above, we were still able to take it for a decent spin around some empty roads and loved the thrills the car offered.
The 718 is relatively small and light, so great fun to drive particularly as the superb steering and overall balance is as good with this car as with any other on the market, at any price.
For further information, please contact Porsche Centre Bahrain on 17 459 911.
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Prices start from BD 31,787