What is it?
This GTS is the most hardcore version of the Porsche 718 Cayman money can buy – at least until a GT4-badged variant arrives from Porsche Motorsport, probably at some point later this year, with six howling atmospheric cylinders taken from the 911 GT3.
True to GTS form – this, remember, is a nameplate also established on the 911, Cayenne, Macan and Panamera model lines – it’ll set you back a little more than the mid-range Cayman S but comes with the full complement of optional equipment you might consider signing for anyway.
This includes the Sport Chrono Package, the Sports exhaust, PASM dampers and a mechanical limited-slip differential. There’s also a brilliantly unfussy steering wheel of just 360mm in diameter and, in the case of our test car, a gearlever that denotes the presence of a manual transmission. A PDK dual-clutch automatic with an additional seventh forward ratio is optional. Either way, you get that differential in the driven rear axle.
Features you can’t get on lesser Cayman models no matter how much you’re prepared to spend come in the form of reprofiled front and rear aprons, which respectively tout blacked-out intake blades and a subtlety larger diffuser, and further dark accents dotted around – notably within the LED headlights and tail-lights. If Porsche’s intention was to present this as some sort of baby supercar, consider it a job well done.