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Here's how the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS performs on a race track

The new Cayman GTS boasts higher performance, new features and all the driver assists one could hope for.
Updated Feb 10, 2018 02:26pm

GTS on a Porsche means it’s really one of the sportiest designs by the manufacturer.

Both the 718 Boxter and Cayman model series were already sporty to begin with, and now we have a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. This translates to higher performance, better suspension and a lot more fun to drive.

The best place to test out everything a car like this has to offer is a racetrack.

Racetrack test drive report

Enthusiasts who are hoping for the comeback of the 6-cylinder engine in the new Cayman GTS might be a bit disappointed to learn that Porsche has stuck with the 2.5 litre flat-four engine in the 718.

However, its credo remains the same as for any of Porsche’s recent GTS models – higher performance, loads of new features and just about any driver assist available on the normally extensive list of optional extras.

Even with all of the vehicle’s safety systems switched off, the car handles perfectly well and responds precisely. When accelerating, there is a slight over-steering, but it is easy enough to handle.

GTS models generally have the best overall package in their series. A GTS isn’t a drastic redesign, more like a sensible upgrade. Even normal Cayman’s and Boxsters just flick around corners beautifully, but the GTS goes the extra mile with all the extra gadgets on board that are ordinarily very pricey add-ons.

Standards include the adaptive PASM chassis that drops the car by 10mm, the sport Chrono package with dynamic transmission bearings, and a Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system with its electronic rear differential lock.

The Cayman GTS has a mid engine running right behind the driver, with the transmission located behind that, much like in a motorsports car. All cars in Formula One or Le Mans have a mid engine that distributes the weight evenly, the car pivots at its center which gives it very good balance.

The 718 Cayman has 269 kW of power, while the PDK gearbox catapults passengers to a 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds.

With its newly developed 4 cylinder engine, the two-seater consumes 8.2 litres per 100 Kms and naturally does not have an ecological exhaust system.

The interior is furnished in Alcantara leather, and boasts electronically adjustable sports seats.

Visually, the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is most distinguished by its front apron.

The black byzine on head lights and tail lights give it a further sporty touch, rounded off with black badging and a black diffuser at the rear, with twin tail pipes.

Another eye catching addition to the Cayman GTS is the 20 inch wheels, also in black.


Some enthusiasts have voiced doubts about this 2.5 litre turbo engine but it has plenty of fire with 365 horse power and 430 N M of torque.

All in all, here on the race track, this series production car is absolutely sports worthy.

This content has been published in partnership with Deutsche Welle (DW).