We’re in Spain; in Andalusia to be precise. We’re here – as guests of the Porsche Centre Kuwait – to drive the new midengine 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS on the roads around Malaga, as well as putting the coupé to the test on the unique Circuito Ascari just outside Ronda. As an added bonus we’ll get more drive-time behind the wheel of the fabulous Panamera SE-Hybrid Sport Turismo. We’re looking on it as an early New Year’s gift to ourselves.
Now, they’ve made us sign a contract promising not to share with you our thoughts on the 718 until the 1st of December – so we won’t. BUT… we can share photos – so we will. Follow us here for updates throughout the day.
So, what do we already know?
Porsche is expanding its mid-engine range with the new two-seater 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS. The power output has been increased to 365 hp (269 kW) thanks to a newly developed air intake-duct and an optimised turbocharger for the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine. With these improvements, the engine delivers 15 hp (11 kW) more power than the 718 S model and up to 35 hp (26 kW) more power than its GTS predecessor models with the naturally aspirated engines. The new mid-engine sports cars are available with a manual sixspeed transmission or optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK).
A range of features is standard, including the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear differential lock and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers the ride height by ten millimetres.
More power for more performance
The GTS models have a maximum torque of 430 Nm, available from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm, providing an even better acceleration response. When equipped with the PDK and Sport Chrono Package, they accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, achieving a top speed of 290 km/h.
The most powerful Sport Turismo becomes plug-in hybrid
Porsche is expanding its hybrid range with a new Panamera Sport Turismo model line. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo flagship model will combine a four-litre V8 biturbo engine with an electric motor, producing a combined 680 hp (500 kW). Even when just above idle speed, the sporty saloon offers 850 Nm of torque, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h. The most powerful Sport Turismo has a range of up to 49 kilometres using solely electric power and therefore producing zero local emissions. It is not just the balance between performance and efficiency that makes this hybrid saloon unique in its segment; its design concept, which features a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating configuration, results in the new top performer offering a high standard of everyday usability.