Porsche is finally ditching its four-cylinder engine, for a flat-six in the Cayman/Boxster GTS
Porsche's 718 Boxster/Cayman platform is well known for being one of the best handling sports cars out there. With a mid-engined layout Porsche's "entry-level" sports car is one of the best drivers cars on sale today. However, due to a controversial 4-cylinder engine, this latest version has struggled to align well with aficionados of the brand.
The controversy first began when Porsche revealed that the new Cayman/Boxster platform would be called "718", the name of one of the most iconic race cars of all time. This alone infuriate enthusiasts around the world who screamed, "sacrilege!!!" at their computer screens.
However, despite all of this 718 naming hoopla there was an even bigger issue, the engine. For years Porsche iconic flat-six engine has been a staple of the German brand's performance cars, and it certainly didn't help the new 718 that it was fitted with a 2.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a four-cylinder with 350 horsepower mind you, but a four-cylinder nonetheless.
This disgust with Porsche's decision making translated into poor sales figures, making the 718 amongst the worst performing Porsche sports cars in recent memory.
However, Porsche have seemingly listened to our outcries of horror, as they've just announced a new version of the 718 with a flat-six engine!! The new car will be branded the 718 GTS, and as if a new engine wasn't enough the car will only be offered with a six-speed manual transmission!!
Holy sh*t!! I guess Porsche do listen to us after all, at least they listen to their sales book to be fair. Because it's a fairly safe bet that this new special edition 718 will fly off the shelves, with people willing to sell their left testicle just so Porsche would let them buy one of the damn things.
Now, while I wouldn't exactly loose a testicle for this sort of thing, I must say that it's pretty exciting to see that Porsche still cares about their customers, and are willing to make true drivers cars, with proper engines, and not little tin cans with a couple of turbos fitted to them.