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To Upgrade? Or, Not to Upgrade? That is the Question.
To upgrade? Or, not to upgrade? With the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, that is the question. Many enthusiasts are left wondering, is the GTS worth the price in comparison to the S model? The real answer lies ahead with a short analysis of the Cayman GTS model. First off, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S is already an amazing sports car. But, for a bit more buck, do you get the bang? Well, that answer is truthfully up to you… but we say yes!
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four motor. This engine produces 365 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison to the S, this is 15 more horsepower and 8 more lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this engine works in combo with a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch auto transmission. Expectedly, this car should hit 60 mph roughly 0.1 seconds faster than the S model. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. But, Car & Driver was able to reach 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds in the S. This means, the GTS should be in the range of 3.5 seconds.
Packages, Packages, & More Packages!
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS includes a handful of packages over the S model. Firstly, there is the Sport Chrono Package. This provides the driver with a steering wheel-mounted driving model dial. Secondly, there is a sports exhaust system. Thirdly, and even furthermore, the car has the PASM adaptive suspension. Fourthly, no one can go wrong with the Porsche Torque Vectoring system. Finally, there are Alcantara-Upholstered Sport Seats Plus Buckets. Phew… that is quite the expansion of mods!
Well… The Upgrade is Definitely Worth It!
Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS review – are they worth it? – Auto Express – YouTube
In conclusion, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is worth the price. For a bit more money, a buyer gets more bang for the buck. Starting with a slightly faster 0-60 time and more power, this car takes the Cayman a bit more forward. Furthermore, the multitude of additional packages easily makes up for the price difference. Who doesn’t want all of the features discussed above? Well…maybe somebody… but not most! Overall, the GTS models are well worth the money if financials allow for the upgrade.
A Track Performance Car by Porsche
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a car truly built for the track. First, and foremost, this car is not street legal. This is due to the heavy emphasis on race track specs. Sticking to tradition, this car runs a RWD system with a flat six engine. From there, the list only extends down to the floor with amazing race tech. To not surprise, this car wears components of the Cayman GT4 as well as the 911 GT3 Cup. Lastly, and recently, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was used by Porsche for a one-make challenge at Pikes Peak. Basically, it was a competition with one car between 8 drivers, amateur and pro.
3.8-Liter Mid-Mounted Flat 6 Engine
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport sports a 3.8-liter aluminum DOHC mid-mounted flat six engine. This motor produces 385 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 6-speed PDK transmission that has an optimized shift application. And, even furthermore, the motor and PDK have a water-cooling system with thermal management. These components work together to hit 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds! Lastly, the GT4 Clubsport can reach a top speed of 183 mph!
Racing Technology Highlights
Inside out, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a basically a thoroughbred. With this emphasis on racing, this car wears the crème of the crop. Firstly, the GT4 Clubsport has a race series retaining frame with no differential lock and no sound insulation. This leads to a mean engine with a roar. Secondly, this car sports fade resistant brakes in front and rear. On the front, there are 6-piston aluminum fixed brake calipers. At the rear, there are 4-piston aluminum fixed brake calipers.
Thirdly, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport has a 911 GT3 Cup front axle. Fourthly, the suspension contains a Pure Motor Racing lightweight spring strut. Furthermore, there is a modified wishbone from the 911 GT3 Cup. Fifthly, this car has an amazing safety level meeting FIA certification. Between the welded roll-over bar, fire extinguisher, racing bucket seats, and 6-point harnesses, this car is ready for a track experience. Sixthly, there is an electromechanical power steering system. And, seventhly, and finally, there is a 90 I series tank with 70 and 100 FT3 safety tanks optional.
MSRP of Only $165,000 USD
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – (Track) One Take – TheSmokingTire – YouTube
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport starts with a MSRP of only $165,000. Not being street legal, this price is reasonable for a track car. Just remember, it is not wise to attract the police in a car like this. Not only will the GT4 visit the impound, but the fines will surmount to an unsatisfying level. Either way, this car is an amazing track toy ready to hit the Nürburgring Nordschleife. First, getting there is the tough part… driving about the track is equivalent to taking joy in We Happy Few. In conclusion, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a phenomenal track-only race car.
Below, feel free to check out the two PDFs offered by the Porsche website on the GT4 Clubsport!
A Uniquely Elegant Ferrari
At the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Ferrari displayed the new SP38. The Ferrari SP38 is a specially commissioned model funded by one of Ferrari’s most dedicated clients. At a whopping price of $4 million, the SP38 is quite a spectacle. At the Concorso, the titling for the model was “SP38 Deborah”. The event occurred on May 26, 2018 in Italy.
3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8
The Ferrari SP38 is by no means a calm or quiet beast. Under the hood, there is a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This Ferrari motor produces around 662 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. Not surprisingly, this will allow the SP38 to reach over 200 mph. Additionally, 0 to 60 mph should take slightly over 3 seconds. Though, please note, actual performance numbers are not verified at this point.
Design Hues from Past Ferrari Models
From front to rear, the Ferrari SP38 takes some design hues from past Ferrari models. Firstly, the chassis and running gear are directly from the Ferrari 488 GTB. Secondly, on the front, the slimline bumper reminds of the Ferrari 308 GTB. Thirdly, the rear wing and engine cover tip a hat to the stunning Ferrari F40. The rear engine cover sports three transverse slates for heat dissipation. Furthermore, the SP38 has quad taillights and a high-mounted twin-exit exhaust system.
A Beautiful Addition to the Ferrari Family
FERRARI’S TOP FEMALE Client Buys $4 MILLION Car (SP38 Deborah) – effspot – YouTube
The Ferrari SP38 Deborah made a beautiful appearance at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. With its stunning style and powerful V8, this car is quite a machine. Thanks to one of Ferrari’s biggest clients, people can enjoy another trademark model by the Italian manufacturer. Although it may not hit production, this car is one of Ferrari’s top designs. Furthermore, even though performance numbers are not confirmed, Ferrari did test the SP38 at the Fiorano test track. In conclusion, the Ferrari SP38 is just another stunning Italian vehicle.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
For the 2018 model year, the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid arrives in six different variants. Starting with a base model at a MSRP of $99,000, this car can reach up to $250,000 in its peak range. Currently, Porsche offers the Panamera in the following options: Base, Sport Turismo, Executive, Turbo S, Turbo S Executive, and Turbo S Sport Turismo. Each model varies in purpose but share only two engine options. In this article, each version of the Panamera E-Hybrid will be discussed in more detail. Furthermore, this article will act as an overview of the technology in the E-Hybrid.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Base
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid base model starts at a MSRP of $99,000. This vehicle arrives with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. The V6 motor produces 462 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the base model to hit 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. Furthermore, this car sports all-wheel drive. Overall, this is the cheapest E-Hybrid in the Panamera market.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The second stage of the Panamera E-Hybrid offerings is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. This version starts at a MSRP of $104,000. The 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo shares the same motor as the base model with 462 horsepower and 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. This model variates from the base design with a sportier body including a different rear end. Another notable feature is the rear roof spoiler above the back window.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive
The third available option for the E-Hybrid is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive. This model’s basis is a emphasis of luxury. Due to this, the E-Hybrid Executive is 0.1 seconds slower than the base and Sport Turismo models. Although it has the same horsepower of 462, this model is slightly heavier due to the executive styling. This model is for someone looking for a luxurious sedan while staying within the realm of Porsche. Not surprisingly, this vehicle starts with a MSRP of $104,100.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Stepping up into an entirely new level is the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $184,400, $80,000 more than the base V6 Executive or Sport Turismo. With this model, Porsche offers a beastly 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 with 680 horsepower. The V8 itself provides 550 horsepower while an electric machine produces 130 horsepower. This allows the Turbo S E-Hybrid to hit 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds. Phew, that’s as fast as a true sports car!
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive
The second to last model currently available on market is the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. This version starts at a MSRP of $194,800 containing the same engine as the base Turbo S E-Hybrid. The only different, as with the base Executive, is a 0.1 second 0-60 gain over the base and Sport Turismo models. Again, this is due to the emphasis on executive luxury which increases the weight of the vehicle. This vehicle targets people looking for a luxury sports car with a deep pocket. Overall, this is the most expensive Panamera E-Hybrid base option.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
For this year, there is the all-new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. This vehicle sports the same 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 as the base and executive Turbo models. Furthermore, this vehicle also maintains the 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. Even furthermore, this vehicle is the second most expensive base Panamera E-Hybrid model. For someone interested in sport over luxury, this model is a better decision than the Executive version. Fully loaded with options, this car can reach close to $250,000!
Active All-Wheel Drive, PDCC Sport, & PDK
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid may arrive in six different variants but each vehicle offers a ton of features. First, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid contains active AWD with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Secondly, the engine works in combination with an 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. Thirdly, the vehicle also has Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) and Porsche Vectoring Plus. On the suspension side, there is the well performing Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
Ceramic Composite Brakes, Rear Axle Steering, & More!
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has additional features and optional features. One major addition is the rear axle steering which enhances performance. Next, is the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). Furthermore, the optional Sport Chrono Package arrives with launch control for the car. Lastly, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has the option of 21” 911 Turbo design wheels.
LED Headlight Technology, Night Vision, & ParkAssist System
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has many advanced technological options ranging from headlights to parking assist. First, the vehicle arrives with LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). For an additional cost, there is a package for LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus. If this isn’t enough to see the road, even furthermore, there is an infrared night vision feature. Lastly, the car arrives with the ParkAssist system that provides a reverse camera as well as surround view.
Adaptive Cruise Control & Technological Assists
To no surprise, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid boasts a ton of technological assists. First, there is an adaptive cruise control (ACC) option. To step further into the wallet, the ACC is available with Porsche InnoDrive. On the assist technology side, there is Lane Change Assist with Turn Assist. Basically, the car will recognize if it is safe to change lanes as well as help the driver do so. Furthermore, there is a Lane Keep Assist which has traffic sign and cornering recognition. Basically, this car is on the way to driving itself.
Interior Enhancements & Sound Systems
On the interior, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers a ton of great options. First, the panoramic sunroof provides a great view for passengers in the vehicle. Second, if there is somebody in the back, there is a Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment setup that’ll impress anyone. Thirdly, the car contains a Four-Zone Automatic Climate Control including a touchscreen display in the rear. Each of these features create a technological powerhouse inside the vehicle.
BOSE or Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound Systems
For the surround sound system, there are two great options for the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The cheaper option, the BOSE Surround System, offers 14 amplifier channels at 710 watts. The expensive option, the Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System, creates a concert hall in the vehicle. The Burmester features 21 loudspeakers and 1,455 total watts. Basically, the Burmester has twice as much power as the BOSE version. Lastly, the whole system comes together under the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a Spaceship on Wheels
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – Venture On. – Porsche – YouTube
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is basically a spaceship on wheels. From its manageable V6 to its beastly V8, this car offers a casual drive to a thrilling ride. Starting at only $99,000, this car can reach up to $250,000 by selecting certain models and options. Either way, this car is a beautiful sports sedan that will impress anybody. In conclusion, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind tech powerhouse.
Porsche’s 4-Cylinder Cayman GTS
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is a flat 4-cylinder sports car that is available now for order. Usually, Porsche tends to stick with V6 engines for their Carrera sports cars. On the other hand, the Cayenne and Panamera can arrive with a V8. Starting at $79,800 with a manual transmission, the Cayman GTS shows that Porsche can succeed with 4-cylinder engines. With the PDK transmission, the Cayman GTS MSRP increases to $83,530.
2.5-Liter Turbocharged Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat 4-cylinder engine. This motor produces 376 horsepower and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the car to hit 60mph in only 4.4 seconds. With the Sport Chrono Package, the Cayman GTS jumps to 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. This is due to the launch control and PDK transmission available in this package. The top speed for this vehicle is 180 mph. At only 3,031 lbs., the Cayman GTS is a lightweight mean machine.
Alcantara Steering Wheel, Embroidering, & More!
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS provides the usual luxuries that Porsche has come to be known for. First, the interior displays a beautiful Alcantara steering wheel. Secondly, there are sport seats plus with an optional sport bucket seats option. The sport seats plus are perfect for a daily driver while the bucket seats can be great for track experiences. Lastly, the Cayman GTS has ‘GTS’ embroidered logos in the interior.
PASM and Sport Chrono Package
As usual, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS arrives with a ton of features and options. First, one of the major options is the Sports Chrono Package. This package arrives with a launch control feature as well as the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. These combine to allow the car to hit 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. Furthermore, there is a sport exhaust with a button for sound control. The sports exhaust allows the driver to alter the tone and volume of the car. Lastly, the car has the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which allows for selecting a handling mode (i.e. Comfort/Race).
Ceramic Brakes & Dynamic Lighting
On the exterior, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a multitude of features. First, there are the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). These brakes are cross-drilled and internally vented for performance. This allows for an increase in performance for wet braking and optimal cooling. Second, there is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). The PDLS arrives with bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. Alternatively, there is an option of LED main headlights that include PDLS. This choice is called the PDLS Plus option.
Communication Management & Sound Systems
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS has a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. This is basically the navigation and all of it’s bells and whistles. This can be a basic version or be an upgraded version which arrives with the Porsche track application and other perks. Obviously, this option alters the price as each upgrade only increase the price. The basic version shall do for most people but for those looking for more, an upgrade may be worth it.
Furthermore, the car arrives with two options for audio. Firstly, the car’s factory choice is the BOSE Surround Sound System. This system uses 10-amp channels, 10 loudspeakers, and a 100-Watt active subwoofer. Secondly, there is the option of a Burmester High-End Surround System. This option has 12-amp channels, 12 loudspeakers, and a subwoofer. Either way, the sound signaling from the speakers shall please mostly anyone’s ears. Although, the Burmester may have an edge due to it’s additional 2-amp channels and 2 speakers.
Porsche Proves the 4-Cylinder is a Possibility
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS: Did We Find The Greatest Road In The World? – Carfection – YouTube
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is Porsche’s way of showing the world that 4-cylinders aren’t all that bad. True car enthusiasts love the purr of the V6 models but will realize this build will not disappoint. Fully loaded, this car hit around $126,000 with all bells and whistles. So, depending on choices, this car can run under $100,000 or jump in price by almost $50,000. Phew, that is a heck ton of expensive optional features. In conclusion, the 718 Cayman GTS is a vision of where sports cars may be heading in the future.