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Can Porsche’s 718 Cayman GTS Keep Up With Toyota’s New Supra?

In a word, sorta.

Thanks to this short video from the Carwow folks in the UK, we can see the comparative performance of a quartet of sporty performance cars. The two true Germans, Porsche’s 718 Cayman GTS and Audi’s TT RS Roadster stack up against the BMW with a Toyota hat, and a tuned version of the French Alpine. These cars are run through paces in quarter mile drag racing, a roll race, and a braking distance test.

I would argue that the wrong 718 was used for this test, as a base Cayman with 300 horsepower is priced almost identically ($56,900) to Toyota’s Launch Edition Supra ($55,250). By using the GTS model, which starts at $80,700, it’s not exactly a fair comparison. But I digress.

The GTS came in second in the quarter mile test, just a smidge after the much lighter Alpine. The roll race and the braking distance test were won outright by the incredible Cayman.

While the Supra didn’t quite pip the Cayman in any of these tests, it was within a margin of error to be certain. Any sports car that runs the quarter mile in around 12 seconds is properly quick. It’s clear that Toyota (and BMW) benchmarked the Cayman in the construction of the Supra. If the right priced base Cayman had been the one used, it likely would have been trounced by the Toyota.

It’s clear that Toyota has a good car in the fifth-generation Supra, but is it enough to drag you away from a Porsche?

 
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Porsche’s GT2 RS Wins Car & Driver’s Lightning Lap With A New Record Time

It seems like just yesterday we were hearing about Porsche’s wild 918 Spyder taking the new VIR production track record during C/D’s Lightning Lap in 2014. That record was taken down just last year when they ran a Ford GT just one tenth of a second faster than the 918. One tenth of a second seemed right at the time, and a massive step forward for technological progress, because the GT doesn’t use any hybrid or four-wheel drive to accomplish its lap time. This year, the Ford was sent home with its tail between its legs, because three cars not only beat its time, but demolished it completely. The McLaren 720S and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ran more than three seconds faster than the old Ford’s time. Porsche’s GT2 was a further TWO SECONDS quicker around the lap with a 2 minutes 37.8 seconds lap. That’s a full 5.2 seconds faster than Ford’s low-slung carbon-tub car, with a 911.

Here’s what Car and Driver had to say about the GT2 RS:

« For something with its spec sheet, the GT2 RS is surprisingly forgiving. A sharp turn of the wheel concurrent with a mashed gas pedal will induce oversteer, but with smooth inputs, you can floor the throttle a beat or two before it feels sensible. Braking from 165.2 mph doesn’t cause so much as a wiggle of instability from the heavy end. Where other cars bounce over curbing, the GT2 RS seemingly glides over concrete serrations. It is hard to believe how little body roll there is. »

That’s not all, because Porsche entered two additional cars in the Lightning Lap competition, a brand new GT3 which ran just 9.2 seconds slower than the GT2 RS with a two minutes 47 seconds lap, and dead on exactly the same time as the 991.1 GT3 RS ran a couple of years ago. It wasn’t fighting for the overall title, but it was the 17th fastest car in Lightning Lap history.

Here’s what Car and Driver had to say about the GT3:

« As you get comfortable in the GT3, more of your focus can turn to enjoying the speed it generates—and the sounds, the 4.0-liter hammering redline 18 times per lap. What’s a small-block? Ferrari who? You’ll forget every other major perform­ance player when ripping the GT3 up the Climbing Esses…« 

Then there was the 718 Cayman GTS, which punched way above its weight class, setting a 2 minutes 56.7 seconds lap to beat Audi’s TT RS by more than two seconds. More impressively, perhaps, it was just a few tenths of a second slower than last year’s Audi R8 V10 Plus, and nearly a second quicker than a 997.2 Turbo S back in 2011. In this year’s field, however, the 718 ranked just 9th.

Here’s what Car and Driver had to say about the 718 Cayman GTS:

« Before staring down the Corvette ZR1 on our final day at VIR this year, we first went out in the Cayman. Like starting your day with a cup of coffee or stretching before a run, a lap in a Cayman is the preparation you need before a big mental and physical challenge. And while it might not have supercar power, it has the magic. »

To see the full leaderboard from all past Lightning Lap events, including this one, click this link. You’ll see a lot of Porsche on that list.

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Is Porsche’s 718 Cayman GTS Better Than The Old GT4?

The steady march of progress often comes with some compromises. In Porsche’s case, the naturally aspirated 981-generation GT4 has given way to faster and more capable turbocharged 718-generation mid-engine monsters. With a flatter torque curve and an earlier power delivery, the 718 Cayman GTS puts up a faster lap-time at nearly any track than the GT4 of just a couple years ago, even on less sticky tires. The chassis has been improved for maximum grip, a new turbocharged four-cylinder has been mounted where that glorious 3.8-liter flat-six once sat, and the electronics have all been exploited to make the driver near God-like. Is it better? In many ways, yes.

One only needs to watch this great video from Matt Farah on The Smoking Tire channel on YouTube to get a good comparison between the two Porsches. While Matt seems content to trade audible engagement for speed and torque, I am not quite as sold on the new car. The first few minutes of the video are at the wheel of a friend’s GT4, and that sound is second to none. It may well be one of the best sounding cars Porsche has ever built. It’s high on induction noise and that exhaust note is just mind-bendingly lovely. Both the 718 and the 981 are incredible in their own ways, but I’ll take the keys to the one with the wing every time.

The rumor mill is churning with reports that a new GT4 is coming, and it’ll be powered by a detuned version of the current GT3’s 4-liter naturally aspirated flat six. I count that as a victory for potential GT4 buyers, because the improved 718 chassis will pair quite well with the big six. As long as it’s still available with a manual transmission, it will take the new mantle. For now, maybe lease a 718 for a while and wait for the new GT4 to launch.

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Porsche 718 Boxster GTS & 718 Cayman GTS : puissant duo !

Porsche vient de dévoiler ses deux nouvelles petites sportives qui n’en ont que le nom. Les 718 Boxster et 718 Cayman GTS évoluent en puissance et sont visuellement impressionnantes. Présentations… La nouvelle version coupé de la sportive allemande et sa déclinaison « sans toit » profitent bien sûr des finitions GTS comme les optiques au fond noir mais surtout d’exclusifs boucliers avant et arrière dont les dessins, plus agressifs, ont pour but d’optimiser la circulation des flux d’air. Des finitions noires, comme pour les jantes, sont également au programme de celles qui intègrent à l’arrière une double sortie d’échappement centrale. L’habitacle des […]

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Porsche Boxster et Cayman 718 GTS

Cayman 718 GTS

Porsche a dévoilé les premiers clichés et les premières caractéristiques de la plus méchante des 718, la version GTS. Cette version plus musclée des 718 Boxster et 718 Cayman reprend le quatre-cylindres 2,5 litres turbocompressé de la version S. Ce dernier gagne 15 ch pour atteindre 365 canassons tandis que le couple disponible entre 1900 et 5000 tr/min […]

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