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PORSCHE 718 Cayman GTS Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 2
First production year: 2017
Engines: Gasoline
Body style: Coupé (two-door)
PORSCHE 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 photo gallery

While the previous Cayman GTS was an upgraded version of the base model of this moniker, the 4.0 was based on the track-ready GT4 variant of Porsche’s smallest coupe.

Many customers complained about the third generation of the Cayman, the 982C, because it had a turbocharged flat-four instead of a naturally aspirated flat-six, as its predecessors. However, German automakers had to make that switch due to emission regulations. Then, when the time was right, and the technology evolved, it squeezed a six-cylinder powerplant carried over from the 911 Carrera S, albeit without a turbocharger, into the engine bay. It was offered in the Cayman GT4 and the Boxster Spyder. But those two versions were too hardcore for daily or long travels. They were stiff and had almost no sound-deadening materials, making a conversation inside the cabin nearly impossible. The GTS 4.0, on the other hand, wasn’t that focused on performing on a track. It was built to create memories on public roads, especially the winding ones.

At the front, the 2019 Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 featured triangular headlights with a black background. Below, an aggressive front bumper stretched forward resembled the one installed on the GT4, albeit in this case, the black trims on the apron were specific to the GTS 4.0. In addition, the automaker added a lower lip spoiler that enhanced downforce on the front axle, albeit not as significant as on the track-oriented version of the car.

From its profile, the low-slung Cayman GTS 4.0 boasted a racy look but without any exuberant parts. Its 20-inch black alloy wheels and the same shade air intakes placed behind the doors were also unique to the model. The automaker also tried to create a car with a distinct personality, so it included black posts for the door mirrors. Depending on the market, a set of clear or orange turn signal lamps adorned the front fenders, placed between the bumper and the wheel arches. At the back, the automaker installed a set of smoked taillights visually connected via a black trim sporting the Porsche lettering. Unlike the previous GTS, based on the 2.0-liter Cayman, the more potent version featured the same valance and side-mounted sports exhausts as the GT4.

Inside, the automaker focused more on technology and comfort than on track-oriented amenities. It featured regular, chromed door handles and many Alcantara-covered areas. Fronting the driver was a specific instrument cluster where a red dial for the center-mounted tachometer flanked by the speedometer on the left and a 4.6-inch round color display on the right. The automaker placed a seven-inch touchscreen on the center stack for the infotainment system, which supported Apple CarPlay connectivity. This could be upgraded from the standard sound system to a Bose or a Burmeister one.

Behind the cabin, Porsche installed a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated engine borrowed from the 911 Carrera S. It was paired with a standard six-speed manual, while a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) PDK gearbox was available at extra cost. Thanks to the Sport Chrono package, which included several aids, the 2019 Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 was suitable for a day at the track, and still be able to take its driver back and forth from there.

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PORSCHE 718 Cayman GTS (982C) photo gallery

Porsche introduced the GTS version of the Cayman in 2017 by integrating most of the performance options that could be ticked on an S version of the same car, and then added more power.

Unlike its roadster sibling, the Boxster, the Cayman came later on the market. It surprised customers not just because it was more affordable but also because it was better in terms of handling. Its stiffer unibody construction compared to the roadster and lower weight forced many of its detractors to admit that the Boxster/Cayman lineup was not a “poor man’s Porsche” but a “smart man’s Porsche.” After all, the lack of the rear seats didn’t bother anyone. Furthermore, since its engine was placed in the middle of the car, it was more balanced than its famous 911 sibling. But the GTS version was not just a better vehicle in terms of acceleration, thanks to its more potent engine than the Cayman S, it was better around the track because of the whole package, delivering a more pleasant experience for its customers, regardless if they were behind the wheel or on the passenger side.

From the outside, the front fascia of the Cayman GTS looked almost identical to the rest of the range, but a keen eye for detail could notice the black background of the headlights. As a result, the four dots of the LED daytime running lights looked brighter. The lower bumper also looked different. It sported black trims on the apron and redesigned air intakes, where the one in the middle was narrower on its upper side. Porsche also added LED turn signals and parking lights above the side scoops.

Its low-slung profile was unchanged from the rest of the Cayman range, but a few details made the GTS version stand apart from its siblings. The car came fitted as standard with Porsche’s Chrono Package, which included a 10-millimeter (0.4-inch) lower ground clearance than a standard Cayman. In addition, a contrasting badging sporting GTS lettering adorned the doors in their front lower area. Porsche also insisted on dark exterior accents and providing the car with black wheels and side air intakes. At the back, behind the broad and sloped down tailgate, it added a wing that could be automatically or manually deployed. It also sported smoked taillights and, finally, below the bumper, cutting their way through the black valance, there was a pair of tips system for the sports exhaust.

Porsche extended the long list of standard features inside the open-top vehicle. The sports seats featured Alcantara centers with black leather on the high-bolstered areas and integrated headrests. The same material was used to cover the door cards, the steering wheel, and even the gear selector. On the center stack, the automaker placed a seven-inch touchscreen for the PCM infotainment system. This supported Apple CarPlay connections but no Android Auto. On the dashboard, the 2018 Porsche Cayman GTS came fitted with a chronometer, which was part of the standard Chrono Package that equipped the vehicle.

But the most crucial upgrade was behind the cabin. Porsche installed an upgraded version of the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the Cayman S. It provided 15 more HPs than that, reaching a total of 365 PS (360 hp). It was paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) PDK gearbox. The former's maximum torque was slightly lower than the latter's. A mechanical self-locking differential was also a standard feature.

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