In the mid-1960s, Porsche manufactured a model initially called the 904. Unfortunately, the number 904 wasn’t usable for the official name, hence the change to Carrera GTS. The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS was produced in Germany during those 2 years. The design of the mid-60s GTS is by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who’s most known for the 911. The layout includes a rear mid-engine and RWD. The predecessor for the 904 is the 718. On the other hand, the 906 is the successor.
2.0-Liter Flat Four Engine
The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS, also known as the 904, has a 2.0-liter flat four engine. This motor produces 198 horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 904 takes less than 6 seconds. If top speed is a concern, this Porsche can reach 160 mph. On the other hand, the drag coefficient is a pretty decent 0.34 Cd. This isn’t too shabby considering most modern cars are between 0.25 and 0.30. For instance, the modern GT3 RS is only slightly higher at 0.36 Cd.
Debut at Sebring 1964
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Overall, the 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS is quite a cool car. It may not sport the modern Porsche six-cylinder engine, but it does have the spirit of one. Being designed by Ferdinand Porsche makes this car quite unique. Even furthermore due to its limited production time. The car made its initial debut at Sebring 1964 where it ran into some issues. But it came in 1st place overall at Targa Florio. Today, replicas can be built by Martin & Walker in the U.K. or Chuck Beck in the U.S. For an original model, it’ll run anyone between $1 and $2 million USD.
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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!
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Side View of Interior – Porsche – EuroDrift
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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!
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Side View of Interior – Porsche – EuroDrift
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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.