A Porsche Weekend With The 718 Cayman GTS.
So it finally came, the weekend we have all been waiting for. This time it was a test drive with the amazing Porsche Cayman GTS; everyone was so eager for a chance to feel the experience in this magnificent beast of a car. Simply put, we were all thrilled that the chance was finally here, being the type of people who are always immensely captivated by every Porsche vehicle.
Once again, the Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, came through; only today, it was the 718 Cayman GTS model. This is one of those sports cars that oozes both class and style combined with a performance at par with very few ever built. The company was generous enough to give us four days with this elegant beast. We had the opportunity to take the car out for a test drive and write about the experience.
First, we made the trip around the Gulf Road and then around the Salmiya area, and it was nothing short from excellent. Ayumi AlMutawa, our colleague, was very smitten and wanted to try this amazing beast the next day. Our photography team, headed by Hamad AlAinati took the opportunity to capture the beautiful experience. On this material day, Ayumi started her day with the car, making the first stop at Boulevard mall to meet some friends at the café. From there, she took it for a morning cruise downtown through the gulf road, feeling the sunset before coming to a rest along the beachfront.
The first mark of elegance was the shiny ‘Graphite blue’ trim on the chassis with its magnificent reflection in the morning sun, which made a pleasant sight to behold on the streets from the oceanfront. This trendy trim is the go-to color to complement the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sporty outlook, especially in the streets of Kuwait. Also available for the test drive was the silver color. Other colors available for the 718 GTS model include the lava range, chalk, Miami blue, carmine red, the GT silver metallic, grey metallic, blue metallic, racing metallic as well as the traditional white black and red trims in case you may want to try out.
The sporty chassis design in the 718 Cayman GTS model is also an improvement from the immediate predecessors. The new chassis features a completely retuned compact model that allows for an even dynamic cornering capability while retaining comfort behind the wheel at the same time. This is made possible with the combination of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM), the reinforced break as well as the multi-collision braking system. The introduction of an optional 718 Cayman S PASM sports suspension with a 20mm lower ride height option also makes the GTS stand out among sports cars of the same design when it comes to maneuverability.
Visually, the GTS stands out from the other 718 models thanks to the new Sport Design front apron. As is typical for GTS models, the front light modules and the Bi-Xenon headlights are black-tinted. At the rear of the vehicle, the tinted tail lights, black logos, black rear apron and centrally positioned black sports tailpipes of the standard sports exhaust system give the GTS its unique appearance. Black GTS logos on the doors and 20-inch wheels painted in black complete the side view. This seamless and comprehensive design simply oozes class on the move.
Another eye-catching safety feature is the extended assistance systems at the drivers’ disposal. The car, for instance, could automatically break albeit moderately at the exceeding of a pre-set speed, slowing the car automatically when on a downhill run. The 718 Cayman GTS is further equipped with a warning assistant that monitors traffic with sensors fitted on the mirrors and which alerts the driver of traffic approaching on a blindspot. With such instruments at the driver’s disposal at all times, safety standards are thus guaranteed with this new model.
The interior of the 718 Cayman GTS is totally on another level altogether when it comes to class and luxury altogether. The GTS models feature Sports seats Plus with Alcantara seat centres. The steering wheel rim, shift lever and armrest are also covered with Alcantara, as is the roof lining in the 718 Cayman GTS. This complements the classy feel and texture as well as the already established luxurious interior of the previous models.
Furthermore, the GTS model boasts of a new Porsche Communication Management system as an additional improvement from the previous models. This new feature includes support for infotainment and connectivity to allow the user to interact more efficiently without interruptions while driving. The components of this system include a mobile preparation to allow for mobile communication and connectivity during a ride.
Additionally, it boasts of a range of audio interfaces and a 150-watt audio power Sound Package in a redesigned panel, which enhances the driving experience both for the driver and their passenger — riding in such a highly interactive and entertaining environment is a plus when it comes to supplementing the luxury inside the car. Even without USB ports as common in most cars of the same type, the GTS model has a connect module with wireless connectivity. Voice control is also availed in the navigational module for interested buyers, thus making it easy to enter destinations when driving. Online functionality is also enabled with the connect plus module, enabling WI-FI and internet access. Thus, journeys seem short even when driving over extensive periods. Moreover, customers would feel comfortable the moment they resume a ride, giving them an experience of a lifetime.
Engine and Performance
After a careful examination of the external and internal features of the 718 Cayman GTS, it was time to power this baby up and check out its capabilities. Perhaps the greatest improvement in the new Porsche Cayman 718 GTS is the engine. The powerful rev when powered up and even when on idle hints at a better engine capacity as compared to the predecessors.
Just so you get a clue about the 718 Cayman GTS new performance statistics, it is worth noting that this lean sporting machine boasts of a The 2.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo flat engine with a redeveloped intake duct and optimised turbocharger now delivers 269 kW (365 hp). Fuel economy is well catered for with the flat engine consuming around 9.0–8.2 litres per 100 Kilometers. This is very impressive considering the high reliability of the gentle monster as soon as it hits the tarmac.
The new 718 Cayman GTS engine also boasts of increased torque, delivering up to 420 Nm to the crankshaft at engine speeds ranging from 1,900 and 5,500 rpm. This extra gain would definitely be felt in this new car as it allows the driver to enjoy a better torque at all speeds, requiring less effort on their part to control the car. The increase in performance is made possible thanks to a redeveloped intake duct with greater volume as well as an optimised turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG) and increased boost pressure. Instead of a maximum boost pressure of 1.1 bar as seen in the 718 S, the optimised single turbocharger with VTG and a larger compressor pushes the air into the combustion chambers with a pressure of up to 1.3 bar. This means that the high torque plateau begins even at a low engine speed of 1,900 rpm and remains at the maximum value all the way to 5,000 or 5,500 rpm.
During the test drive, the 718 Cayman GTS was also surprisingly fast when it comes to turbocharging reaction times as compared to the previous models of the 718 Cayman. The variable turbo geometry (VTG) in the powerful 718 Cayman GTS engine allows for optimum efficiency in use through adjustable vanes that control exhaust gas steam. This was made possible by the focus on achieving a higher level of engine responsiveness by the manufacturers in tuning the turbocharging process. The vehicle is able to attain such effectiveness with the alternation of two driving throttles in the ignition timing, the Sport and Sport Plus modes. Alternating these two allows the driver to attain maximum torque with ultimate efficiency.
Another noticeable feature in the 718 Cayman GTS is the Dynamic Boost function. This new function allows the driver to maintain the throttle even when the pedal is released, which allows the driver to apply quick throttle alternations with no decrease in the engine response, as was noticed in the test drives both by Ayumi and me.
In addition to the Dynamic Boost function, one will notice that the 718 Cayman GTS is equipped with a Sport Response Button comparable to that of the previous 911 models. This is combined with a Sport Chrono Package with the PDK gearbox located in the middle of the program switch. Additionally, there is a Sport Plus mode, which is used to initiate shifts in the gear to allow for better performance in action.
Another interesting development with the model is that the gear in the 718 Cayman GTS is a manual six-speed transmission system as a standard. However, Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, made a point to inform us that there was an option for a seven-speed transmission gear. Surprisingly, the sports beast was found to be excellent with fuel efficiency, even incorporating a system that shuts off the engine as the car coasts to a stop.
As far as the engine optimization packages go, it turns out that the 718 Cayman GTS models’ developers were keen to enhance its sporting properties to no limits. On the dashboard is installed a program switch with several optional choices. Among the instruments cluster menu available for the driver is the auto start and stop functions, a Sport Response button in the program switch for cars with PDK gearboxes for overtaking maneuvers. Also, there is a feature for a rear spoiler to counter challengers behind the car in a race. The Sport Chrono Package that comes as an option further pushes the racing potentials of this elegant masterpiece of a car.
The 718 Cayman GTS is no doubt one of the most formidable among the sports cars of the year. This magnificent racing beauty combines both power, elegance, and safety to make any sports car lover’s dream come true.
From the super comfortable interior, the elegant beauty and quality of the exterior, and the excellent performance parameters incorporated in designing as well as the efficiency and sporting capabilities, this car oozes pure class and luxury like no other. The customization options available with this model as well as the efficiency it affords the user again proves just how much the Porsche company cares for its customers as well as its mastery of the client needs as it has always done over the years, and which make it the go-to company when it comes to luxury sport cars.
The 718 Cayman GTS is one investment that is more than a car, and by all parameters at its level. For all the cents it might cost, there is no doubt your value is guaranteed with this acquisition. Whether it is for regular travel and use, sporting and racing activities, or luxury engagements, this is one car you wouldn’t like to miss in your collection of luxury masterpieces and will be for a long time to come.
Featuring: Arumi Al-Mutawa @arumi.almutawa
Brand: Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. @porschecentrekuwait
Photography by: Hamad AlAinati @7mdphotography
Directed by: Jameel Arif @jameelarif
Assistance: Abdullah Shakeel @abdullah_shkl
Locations: DHAI COMPLEX @dhaicomplex & BOULEVARD KUWAIT @Boulevardq8