The 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 might just be the sweet spot of the range
Imagine this scenario.
This is your local Porsche Emporium.
You're walking in hoping to buy a new 718 Snyder but the sales person shakes their head No can do.
Instead, they offer you the key to something else something cheaper so you leave with the spiders new understudy.
The 718 Boxster 4 Liter.
The question is, just how close to a Spyder can you get with this new GTS 4 Liter?
Well, instantly, sitting in here, this has got the optional carbon fiber buket seats and That makes you think [UNKNOWN] like you could be in a Spyder.
Everything else feels, well, exactly as you expect.
We've got an Alcantara wheel, Alcantara gear knob.
We've got some carbon fiber in this one.
The only thing is the dial there It's [UNKNOWN] on this car and it says GTS.
And there is one little red blip on it, where in the Spyder it'd be white.
Doesn't [UNKNOWN] quite as high, you see.
And while we're on the subject, let's talk about the four-liter naturally aspirated front six engine.
I asked the man in charge of developing this engine, Marcus Ballman, What the differences were between this and the Spyder's one.
Mechanically, he said, nothing, it's just software.
Exactly the same.
The same, too.
The duel mast flywheel from the GT3 remains, too, and even the torque is identical at 330 pounds foot.
The only difference is that this produces 395 brake horsepower, down from 415.
And the maximum revs fall from 8,000 RPM to 7,800.
Now it's a while since I've driven a spider will have a couple of months I should think.
But really, I don't think you'll notice the lack of 20 brake horsepower either.
It is just fabulous.
You really are getting the spiders Dr. Dre.
[SOUND] I love this gear box.
Just wonderful to use.
Even if you're not going particularly quickly, you can just enjoy a slice of your own in the box, it'll heel and toe for you.
But even if you hurt yourself, it's okay, really.
It really is an absolutely Glorious engine, this, in terms of response and sound.
Drive a GTS, and all thoughts of turbocharged four-cylinder 718s are forgotten instantly.
Talking of GTS, have you ever wondered what that stands for?
The letters GTS stand for Gran Turismo Sport, and they were first applied to this car, the Carrera GTS.
Now, some of you might be thinking, that's not a Carrera GTS, that's a 904, but for the same reasons that the 911 is known as the 911, this is in fact known as a Carrera GTS, officially.
You see when the 911 was first unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, it was unveiled as a 901.
But Paris yo kicked up a fuss.
They said all the three lesson numbers with, in the middle that they're ours.
So Porsche just went, well, fine.
We'll call it the 911.
But that sort of retrospectively meant that the 9 and 4 had to be called the career GTS.
It is I think you'll agree very pretty thing.
It's got a fiberglass body bonded to a lot of chassis.
The engine is a flat for putting out about 180 brake horsepower through a five speed gearbox.
But the most amazing thing is it weighs less than 650 kilo amazing
Another nice connection between that original car and this is that the career GTS actually took over from the original 718.
So the drive train is a match for the spider othering definite benefit That fits with the GTS well actually boresha quotes the didn't wait for this is 15 kilos less it's 1405 kilos in this as opposed to 1420 in the spider that's a win for the GTS the other biggest advantage you're getting a GTS, is opposed to a spider.
Is that you can put the roof up and down without coming to a stop.
How about the looks?
How would you feel when you're sitting outside a cafe, sipping an espresso looking at your pride and joy.
We feel short changed.
You can, of course, instantly tell that this isn't a spider.
The front bumper's very different with one big intake and it's not quite as deep either.
At the rear, well, there's no The Fuse it says and God.
The arrow of the spider and the slightly different rear deckle as well.
A lot of painted role hoops on this and all the Black Agenda we've come to associate with a GTS much.
The standard thing is painful, isn't it?
Reminds me of Viper green.
Probably no coincidence that it's actually called.
Good cafe this.
The final piece of the puzzle really is how the 718 ggs Four liters stacks up in terms of its chassis and handling.
This I think is perhaps the biggest divergence from the spyder.
This is where you notice the difference.
We've got slightly smaller wheels at the front, not much it's 235, 35 as opposed to 245, 35.
But at the rear we put a 265 35 as opposed to 295 30 on the spider so that's quite a bit narrow the rear.
This obviously still has poison with two options In terms of the stiffness of the dampers, but this has got the 20 millimeter drop as opposed to the full 30 millimeter drop of the spider.
In fact, the whole of the spider suspension is a good deal more sophisticated and tweakable, borrowing heavily from a 911 GT3 with ball joints and adjustable anti roll bars in evidence.
The spider's tires are also more aggressive Michelin cup twos or Dunlop Race Maxx.
Twos, compared to the GTS's more everyday Pirelli P Zeros.
So how does that translate into the feel of the car in the corners?
Obviously, you still got that wonderful mid-engine balance to the car.
And it's hardly bad, I mean, you've effectively got a Cayman S with all the options, but this is where it feels More like a Caymen S than a Spyder.
Curiously, it actually feels like it's almost got a little bit more grip than the Spyder, because it's not just quite as precise, quite as on edge.
You definitely feel the need to put the dampers in their firmer setting.
And because The PSM keeps you on a slightly tighter leash and needs to be put into sports or turned off as well to get the most from it.
It just feels a little bit softer in the corners, it's not as easy to tell where the limit is.
It's still wonderfully balanced, though.
What I think the threat down the road.
I love the fact that this box the chassis.
You can really just feel the front end play with that so then get the rear working.
As you can probably tell, I loved my day in the GTS four liter.
Whether driving quickly or slowly smiles per mile of very high in this car.
So just how close does the GTS four liter get to the spider?
Well, surprisingly close actually.
It really is only the chassis I think that sets it apart.
The spider just has that extra bit of magic that extra bit of Age a bit of interaction.
So if you turn up to the dealership, and there are no spiders available, should you get the GTS instead?
To which I'd say this, in the late 60s, there was a play at the National Theater called the dance of death.
Laurence Olivier was the headliner, and he was taken ill with appendicitis.
Now Do you at that point, get up walk out of the theater?
Would you stay and see who the understudy is?
In this instance, it was a young as yet unknown, sir Anthony Hopkins.
That was his big break.
So yes, GTS might be an understudy.
There's a very worthy one.
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