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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS: 4-Cylinder Sports Car

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS: 4-Cylinder Sports Car

Porsche’s 4-Cylinder Cayman GTS

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Front - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Front – Porsche – EuroDrift

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

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Rear - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Rear – Porsche – EuroDrift

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

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.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Steering Wheel - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Steering Wheel – Porsche – EuroDrift

PASM and Sport Chrono Package

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Transmission - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Transmission – Porsche – EuroDrift

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

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Side - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Side – Porsche – EuroDrift

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

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Interior - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Interior – Porsche – EuroDrift

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.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Bose Surround Sound System - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Bose Surround Sound System – Porsche – EuroDrift

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.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Burmester High-End Surround Sound System - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Burmester High-End Surround Sound System – Porsche – EuroDrift

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.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Rear in Motion - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Rear in Motion – Porsche – EuroDrift

 

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven: A Sports Car Meant for the Track

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven: A Sports Car Meant for the Track

The True Definition of a Track Car

The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports car is a vehicle that is truly built for the track. In 2016, the 3-Eleven was for sale by Lotus at two separate price points. The reason for the separate pricing is that there are two variations of the 3-Eleven. First off, there is the tamer version titled the “Road” model. Secondly, there is a track version called the “Race” model. Each version offers a different take on this sports car which alters the overall purpose of it.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Front - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Front – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

3.5-Liter Supercharged Toyota V6 Engine

The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports a 3.5-liter supercharged Toyota V6 engine. This is the same engine that appears in the Evora and Exige. On a special note, the 3-Eleven is 10 seconds faster around the track in comparison to the Evora 400. First, the 3-Eleven Road has 410 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque. This version can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Second, the 3-Eleven Race has 460 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. This model reaches 60 mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. Basically, one version is slightly peppier than the other.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Engine - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Engine – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

Deeper Comparison of Road and Street Versions

Other than the power difference, each model is for sale with a different transmission. The Road version has a conventional manual transmission. In the Race model, there is a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The next major difference is the MSRP prices. The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven Road starts at a MSRP of $129,000. If the Race model attracts you, that will arrive with a hefty MSRP of $181,000. Regardless of the model, both of these cars are unique track capable cars.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Rear Corner - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Rear Corner – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

The Spirit of Lotus is within the 3-Eleven


Overall, the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven is the definition of a track car with the spirit of Lotus. The 24 valve, water-cooled, and all-aluminum engine complements the styling exterior of this car. The power numbers for the size are phenomenal and allow for a pull-back experience. Lastly, the price difference may be a deterrent but either model would be great for a track day. In conclusion, the 3-Eleven is truly a car that is meant for the track.

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Ferrari F50: A Formula 1 Sports Car

The Legendary Ferrari F50

The Ferrari F50 is an equivalent of a F-1 engined road car. From its unique styling to its racing design, the F50 is a collector’s dream. The F50 was produced from 1995 to 1997 by Ferrari with only 349 models built total. As expected, the designer is Pininfarina and it was assembled in Maranello, Italy. To no surprise, the F50 is loaded with Ferrari goodies.

4.7-Liter DOHC V12 (513 Horsepower)

The Ferrari F50 sports a 4.7-liter DOHC V12 producing 513 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft. of torque. The F50 V12 has no trouble redlining at 8,500 rpm with a fuel cut-off at 8,640 rpm. This car also features a Bosch Motronic 2.7 ECU system. The ECU controls fuel feed, ignition timing, and variable length intake and exhaust systems. By variable exhaust and intake, Ferrari means a butterfly valve that is closed at low rpm and open at high rpm.

Although the F50 is a beautiful implementation of engineering, the mileage is lacking, as expected. The F50 gets only 7 mpg in the city and 10 mpg on the highway, defining a true gas guzzler. Usually, these cars don’t rack up miles, so this usually isn’t a concern. As a collector’s car, the F50 is usually displayed in a showroom of sports cars in a private collection. The truth is, how could you possibly not drive this beautiful car?

A True F-1 Sports Car

Overall, the Ferrari F50 defines a F-1 road car. The F50 is able to hit 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds at 125 mph. Top speed of this beauty is 202 mph. The initial MSRP of the F50 was $417,000. Now, the F50 sells for between $2 and $3 million USD. If you were fortunate enough to obtain this car from Ferrari on release, you purchased a true treasure… and also made a small fortune.

Porsche Carrera GT: Top Sports Car of the 2000s

In between the years of 2004 and 2007, Porsche manufactured the Carrera GT in Leipzig, Germany. The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car limited to 1,270 production models. The Carrera GT’s predecessor is the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. On the other hand, the Carrera GT’s successor is the Porsche 918 Snyder. The Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porsche’s most famous models of all time.

Porsche Carrera GT: 5.7-liter V10 DOHC (603 Horsepower)

The Porsche Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7-liter V10 DOHC engine producing 603 horsepower and 435 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7-liter V10 red lines at 8,400 rpm with a 5 lb/hp weight to power ratio. The engine is complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission. The Carrera GT takes only 3.57 seconds to do 0 – 62 mph and completes a quarter mile in 10.97 seconds. On the braking end, the Carrera GT can stop from 60 mph in only 101 feet (31 m). Lastly, on a 200 ft skid pad, the car averaged 0.99 g.

Porsche Carrera GT Technology

Technology wise, the Porsche Carrera GT has a pure carbon fiber monocoque and subframe. The vehicle was also designed with dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. Another special feature is the rear wing that raises when the vehicle passes 70 mph. The front and rear suspensions contain pushrod actuated shock absorbers. These are combined with dampers with anti-roll bars. Another great feature is the carbon-ceramic disc brakes on the Carrera GT.

The Porsche Carrera GT is an Auto Treasure

Overall, the Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porche’s top engineering accomplishments. For around $600,000 upwards to $1,000,000, the Carrera GT can be yours, used. This price range contains the models for 2004 and 2005. If you’re looking to purchase a car of this quality, be sure to check DuPont Registry. The Carrera GT is now a true collector car and can be considered an auto treasure.

Top 10 European Sports Cars Between $100,000 and $200,000 in 2016

Imagine owning a beautiful sports car, powering through turns and racing down open stretches of road. While for most people, cars over $100,000 will stay the stuff of dreams, there are some out there with the cash to make it a reality. So, for those of you who want to plan for “someday,” here is a list of the top 10 European sports cars priced between $100,000 and $200,000.

 

 

Top 10 European Sports Cars – $100,000 to $200,000

 

Here are the cars listed in alphabetical order.

 

 

#1 – Aston Martin DB9 GT

MSRP: $201,075 – $238,132

Engine: 6.0L V12

Power: 540 bhp @ 6750 RPM

Torque: 457 lb-ft @ 5500 RPM

The unique appeal of the Aston Martin DB9 GT is its 6.0-liter V12 engine which generates a peak of 540 bhp at 6750 RPM. Its front mid-mounted, 48 valve, all-alloy, 5,935 cc engine is a powerful motor. The transmission is a six-speed, Touchtronic II transmission which uses a wire control system. This V12 engine can launch this luxury British sports car from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. The Aston Martin boasts a top speed of 183 mph and comes with several key features:

  • 10-Spoke, 20-Inch Wheels
  • Black Painted Diffuser and Splitter
  • Black Anodized Brake Calipers
  • Taillight Treatments
  • Redesigned Headlights

The DB9 GT model can be distinguished from other Aston Martins by the GT engraving on the aluminum fuel filler cap.

 

 

#2 – Audi R8 & Audi R8 Plus

MSRP: $164,150 – $191,150

Engine: 5.2L V10

Power: 540 bhp @ 7800 RPM

Torque: 398 @ 6500 RPM

The Audi R8 only takes 3.2 to 3.5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.  At just 48.8 inches high, 76.4 inches wide, and 174.0 inches long, the Audi R8 is short, wide and low to the ground sports car. This makes handling a breeze on curvy roads, especially for cruising through beautiful mountain roads. The Audi R8 is equipped with 19-inch wheels featuring 245/35 sizing up front and 295/35 sizing in the rear, with optional upgrades. The overall feel of the Audi R8 is like a stealthy cat on the prowl. For this Audi, it’s all about speed and power.

 

 

#3 – Bentley Continental GT

Price: $180,195

Power: 582 hp

Torque: 531 lb-ft

The Bentley Continental GT sports a new bumper at the rear, a smaller grille, and redesigned fenders. The fenders incorporate the obligatory side gills featuring the “B” logo. A lower diffuser added to this GT Speed model enhances its overall charm. You will also find a reshaped trunk lid in this successor model of the Bentley Continental. The interior updates include a revised center console, a smaller steering wheel, and new gauge faces. The seats are adorned with a new stitching pattern and softer leather or faux suede, although the diamond quilting isn’t eliminated from this upgraded version.

 

 

#4 – Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Price: $134,625

Power: 454 hp

Torque: 384 lb-ft

The GranTurismo includes a 4.2-liter V8 engine that can be mated either to an optional MC Race Shift 6-speed manual transmission or an Electro-Actuated MC Shift auto-manual transmission. Buyers also have the option of choosing a lighter GranTurismo MC Stradale version which comes with some exterior modifications. The 2016 Maserati GranTurismo is equipped with an automatic gearbox and fitted with an adaptive control system. It can adjust the gear-shifting mode to different conditions and individual driving styles. Like its predecessors, this new model includes all of the luxury features, such as premium CD stereo, power windows, power-adjustable leather seats, electric mirrors, multiple airbags, alloy wheels, stability control, ABS brakes, and more.

 

 

#5 – McLaren 570S

Price: $184,900

Power: 562 hp

Torque: 443 lb-ft

The McLaren 570S includes a carbon fiber tub for strength and lightweight. This upgraded model can hit speeds of up to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The top speed of the 570S is around 204 mph. It flaunts an adaptive suspension and ceramic brakes. The dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission, and 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine are other optional add-ons. The 570S’s seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox provides tough competition for other 2016 luxury car models.

 

 

#6 – Mercedes-AMG GT

Price: $129,900

Power: 503 hp

Torque: 479 lb-ft

The AMG GT redefines luxury. It is fitted with 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine. It can hit 60 mph from static in 3.7 seconds. Its speed tops out around 193-mph. Other features include:

  • 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Electronically Controlled-Slip Differential
  • Dynamic Suspension
  • Dynamic Exhaust System with an Electronically Controlled Variable Vane
  • Performance Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles
  • Dynamic Select with Multiple Steering Modes
  • Driver-Selectable Suspension

The AMG GT comes with a number of trim options and safety upgrades. The adaptive braking technology and collision prevention help prevent accidents. Other safety features include the rearview camera and blind spot assist.

 

 

#7 – Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

Price: $150,625 – $218,475

Power: 621 hp

Torque: 738 lb-ft

The SL65 AMG is more of a high-performance roadster than a luxury sports car. This vehicle is designed for people that want nothing less than “awe-inspiring.” The SL65 is more potent than its predecessors. It is fitted with 6.0-liter, V-12 twin-turbo engine. The optional active suspension of this new model allows it to move from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The rear wheels of this vehicle get power through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The other highlights of this luxury car include altered alloy wheel designs, wood trim on the steering wheel, red brake calipers, an upgraded sound system, carbon ceramic brakes, and soft-close doors.

 

 

#8 – Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Price: $131,395

Power: 500 hp

Torque: 338 lb-ft

The GT3 RS model comes with a paddle-neutral feature. The RS also has a button to limit pit-lane speed. The rear axle ratio of the RS is shorter than the standard 911 GT3, which is an add-on for hastier takeoffs. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS can hit 60 mph from static in less than 3.1 seconds. Although the body of this upgraded model is similar to the 911 Turbo, the upgraded tires and wheels give the vehicle wider rear and front tracks. Despite the familial resemblance, this updated version manages to look meaner than its predecessors. The GT3 features sporting louvered vents mounted on the front fenders and a massive rear wing. Moreover, its brake rotors are larger than the standard models.

 

 

#9 – Porsche 911 Turbo S

Price: $182,700

Power: 580 hp

Torque: 553 lb-ft

The Porsche 911 Turbo S features a 20bhp power boost. This 2016 model is fitted with 3.8-litre, twin-turbo engine that includes new injection nozzles, higher fuel pressure, and altered inlet ports. The Turbo S reaches 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top track speed of 198mph. This car is much more fuel-efficient than its predecessors thanks to the revised gear change mapping and engine alterations. Like other Porsche 911 models, the only transmission option is a dual-clutch PDK.

 

 

#10 – Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Price: $163,000

Power: 572 hp

Torque: 553 lb-ft

Fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, this all-wheel-drive supercar from Porsche can hit 60 mph in 3 seconds. Porsche claims a 2.0 mpg improvement, which makes up around 30.4 mpg. Its luxurious interior and exterior styling make it a pleasure to drive at any time, on any road. The Porsche 911 Turbo includes 20-inch center lock wheels. The makers have upgraded the up-front width by 9 inches and the rear by 11.5 inches.

 

Overall, the ten sports cars mentioned above are great options at the price range of $100,000 to $200,000. From the Aston Martin to the Porsches, there are cars that fit different desires and needs. Although each car has its own perks, the decision comes down to personal preference. Hopefully, this article helped you decide which car you’d prefer at this price range.

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