Right on cue we all moaned and moaned when Porsche dropped the naturally aspirated flat-six from the mid-engined sportscar line-up and replaced it with turbocharged four-cylinders. Then we kicked, then we screamed, then we wept, then we forgot about it, and now there’s a new Porsche 718 GTS range with a 2.5-litre flat-four making 365bhp, which is 30 horsepower more than the previous generation’s best.
The just-announced 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS also make 430Nm of torque from 1,900rpm, which is an even more significant improvement. The old naturally aspirated fat-six GTS was rated at 380Nm at 4,750rpm which meant you had to rev the bolts off it to keep it flying. We’ll miss that, but the new GTS cars do 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds and top out at 290kph. In those terms it’s not even close - previously it took 4.8 seconds, and top speed was 283kph.
That’s the name of the game with the GTS models, always taking things up a notch in Porsche’s range, and the 718 GTS cars deliver 15bhp more than the 718 S, the next one down the rung. Porsche also takes the opportunity whenever it designates a car GTS, to throw in lots of normally optional extras as standard kit, so the 718s get included Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and 10mm-lower Porsche Active Suspension Management.
Again as per GTS tradition the design elements stand out in contrasting gloss black finishing, such as the 20in wheels, and tinted headlights and taillights, black exhaust pipes, and black-painted aero components.
Inside the car is trimmed generously in Alcantara, which is on the seats, steering wheel and centre console although obviously you can order it how you want. In our region the 718 GTS range start from Dh277,100 for the Cayman and Dh288,800 for the Boxster with first deliveries expected early next year.