While there are traditionalists in every automotive subculture, you won’t find many that are more intense than Porsche fans. Seriously, there’s a whole camp of these folks who’ve never forgiven Stuttgart for switching the 911 to water cooling two decades ago. So when the 718 — for non-gearheads, think the Cayman and Boxter — switched from a naturally aspirated flat-six to a turbocharged flat-four, there was plenty of howling. That said, everyone likes more power, and the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS is getting more ponies.
Thanks to some tweaks to the turbo and a more aggressive intake plenum, the 2.0-liter mill now pumps out 365 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. For those keeping score, that’s 25 more ponies that the last generation’s flat-six was capable of, so that should prove comforting for any Porsche purists who might think the company’s embrace of newfangled tech like radiators and forced induction were signs the end times had begun. It’s also slightly better — by 15 horsepower — than the old 718 S, which shows that engineers are still finding more poke on the table as they continue to develop the new engine.
When equipped with Porsche’s lightening quick PDK dual clutch transmission, that means the jump from zero to 60 takes a brisk 3.9 seconds. But if we had our way? We’d sacrifice a couple of tenths and opt for the traditional six-speed manual.
Of course, Porsche didn’t stop with the power bump. The latest GTS also gets an active sport suspension, torque vectoring, and a unique exhaust, along with purposeful black wheels and exterior bits. Since even a standard Boxter or Cayman is a total hoot to drive on a twisty road, those upgrades should pay some serious dividends when drivers decide to put the hammer down. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to experience them for ourselves sometime early next year.
Look for the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS to arrive at your local AutoNation-affiliated Porsche dealer this spring.