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Is the 981 GTS Peak Modern Porsche?

Turbocharging did not gain the Boxster and Cayman any fans. The models kindly picked up 911 fans’ spare derision when the transaxle cars left production in the mid-1990s, and have carried the torch of poor public perception from their predecessors. Real enthusiasts should only be buying 911s after all, or so the line goes. Despite having something of an optics problem right from the outset the cars have always been built upon an excellent foundation, with enviable driving dynamics and a sonorous, if not always powerful, flat-six.

JayEmm likes to couple clickbait with calm reasoning, which gives him a leg up on most Youtubers. To be clear he is saying the 981 GTS is the only modern Porsche he would buy, not the only one you should buy, and that mostly comes down to Jay not being the biggest 911 fan. The man daily drove an Exige for quite some time, which makes me think he’s made an honest assessment of himself as someone who does not need a back seat.

He rather rightly points out the existence of the 718 Boxster and Cayman’s flat-four gave their six-cylinder immediate predecessors something of a boost on the secondhand market. Buyers who were in for the noise and the character of a Boxster were not easily wowed by the new car, despite it improving on paper in virtually every metric. The sound of the flat-four was too Subaru-like, and the whole package lacked the effortless smoothness of the old mill. The GT3-mimicking GT4 and Spyder seek to change that.

But does that make the 981 the pick of Porsche’s recent past? At present 981 Boxster and Cayman GTS models on classifieds sites are sitting in the high $50k range and even into the low $70k range with modest miles. That sort of pricetag knocks on the door of cars like the 997 Turbo or any number of 991.1 911s. Indeed, that sort of pricetag will by very nice 996 GT3 with some money left over.

That said, where do you stand on JayEmm’s assessment? Is the 981 Boxster GTS the modern Porsche to own?

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Purists Rejoice! Porsche Puts the Six-Cylinder Back Into the 718 GTS

What better way to enjoy a six-cylinder wail than with an open-top Boxster?

Stuffing a throaty six-cylinder in the back of a mid-tier Cayman or Boxster isn’t ever going to be met with much opposition. While many have grown accustomed to the shove and impressive mid-range of the latest 2.5-liter turbo motors, the screaming 4.0-liter atmospheric engines will always be welcome betwixt the haunches of a 718.

The linearity and rewarding revs of an atmospheric motor makes backroads drives even more enjoyable.

Of course, this motor has to help the latest 718 GTS fit in nicely within the Porsche pecking order, so it’s been softened slightly. It makes 394 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque; just shy out the 718 Cayman GT4 and Spyder’s output, but offers very similar performance.

It’s enough for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 182 miles per hour (when fitted with the sports exhaust). The latest, screamiest version of the 718 GTS still retains all of the GTS goodies: the standard 20mm lower ride height than the standard 718, active drivetrain mounts, sport chrono, and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited slip rear differential all come stock. Sharpened turn-in and improved poise from the 235-section front , plus a little playfulness from the appropriately matched 265-section rear tires should keep the owners of these cars smiling on any stretch of road or circuit. .

Dark alcantara, accentuated by red (or white) stitching, lends a definite air of purpose to the GTS’ cabin.

It’s a wonderful choice for someone who wants that wonderful flat-six wail back in their lives, but aren’t interested in the pricier, more purposeful GT4 or Spyder. They musn’t be set on a PDK, either, as the new 718 GTS is manual-only. Again, this is an exercise in injecting a little more sense of occasion into the 718 lineup, and based on the figures Porsche have presented us—and their tendency to be exceptionally conservative with these figures—we likely have one of the most involving and visceral sports cars for the money on the market today.

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Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 : De la voix en flat 6 pour les Boxster et Cayman !

Evolution majeur pour les “Porschistes” que nous sommes, les Boxster et Cayman 718 GTS (982) reviennent au flat 6 atmo avec cette nouvelle version 4.0… héritée des 718 Spyder et Cayman GT4. Le passage du 4 cylindres 2.5L turbo au 6 cylindres 4.0L atmo apporte un augmentation de la puissance de 35 ch pour un […]

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The New Macan GTS Is Finally Here

One key model was missing from the Macan model range following the 2019 updates to the model- the GTS. The updated model range did somewhat confuse the old nomenclature wherein the model branded as the « Turbo » received a larger displacement engine, despite all models being equipped with turbochargers. Today all V6-powered Macans, including the Turbo, share the same hot-side-in 2.9-liter V6 at a variety of power levels, with different focuses on the relationship between performance and luxury.

In GTS trim the twin-turbo V6 produces 380PS or 375 horsepower, which is transmitted to all four wheels via a PDK dual-clutch transmission. In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono package the GTS is capable of a 4.7 0-62mph speedometer, three tenths faster than the outgoing model.

The Macan earned its GTS badging through more than outright speed though, and updates to the model bring the sort of dynamic performance buyers expect from a Porsche. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping control system has been specially tuned, and the suspension has been lowered by 15 millimeters. Adaptive air suspension is also available as an extra-cost option, as are Porsche Surface Coated Brakes and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. The standard 20″ wheels are derived from the design used on the RS Spyder.

Visual changes include the Sport Design package with updated front and rear trim, extended side skirts, and black painted elements throughout. The LED headlights incorporate the Porsche Dynamic Light System, and the contoured taillights with LED light bar have darkened lenses compared with the standard model.

The interior features standard Alcantara on the seat center surfaces, center armrest, and door panels, with brushed aluminum accents throughout the cabin. The multifunction sports steering wheel has become a Porsche hallmark, and features a smooth leather rim in the Macan GTS. Other options include Carmine Red or Crayon leather upholstery, Bose Surround sound, and a new smartphone storage tray with inductive charging functions. Equipment includes adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, Park Assist with rear view camera, Surround View, and an optional heated windscreen and Ionizer.

A summary infographic of the essential facts and figures is viewable below, and the car is currently configurable on the Porsche website and available to order.

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15 years of the Porsche 997.1

A new model of 911 is always controversial. Porsche enthusiasts tend to get so used to the current version that they can be almost resentful when it is replaced.

Indeed, the arrival of any new 911 is usually at least slightly controversial, and with over half a century of history, examples abound: the 964 disappointed for resembling its aging predecessor so closely; the 991 shocked some with its considerably larger dimensions and, for more conservative types, the 992 was not only wider still, but a daunting tech-fest.

Then, of course, there was the 996, Porsche’s imaginative and brave attempt to translate the 911 into the 21st century idiom. Such was the outcry that it was hard to distinguish whether it was the styling or the water-cooled engine which upset diehards more.

The original 901 attracted more curiosity than outright admiration, but in 1963 nobody knew what the future 911 would be capable of. 30 years later and the 993 was mostly favourably received, if still seen as quaintly old fashioned outside Porschedom

By contrast there was one 911 for which praise was unanimous when it appeared, and that was the 997. Here, Porsche managed to combine tradition and progress as never before or, for many people, since. Allow us to take you through the 997’s history, tech, and current standing.

Planning dictated that the 996 would run out six years after its launch, and preparations for that successor began within a year of the 996 appearing in the showrooms. In response to market and press reaction, ideas for its successor were already taking shape.

Two things became clear: if aesthetically modern, the 996 was a little too radical. The Carrera was seen as a shade too refined-looking, lacking a certain aggressive element.

If the Aerokitted versions partly addressed this, in reality they still looked too much like aftermarket modifications. The cabin, too, was not quite right: certainly it was more spacious, and ergonomically it addressed the classic faults of the old 911 cockpit, with its scattered and not always logical switchgear.

But the 996 interior’s curves were, for many observers, overstylised. There was also the matter that the 996 shared not just its cabin, but the entire body from the doors and A-pillar forward with the much cheaper Boxster. 

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