2020 Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 First Drive Review: Who Needs Turbocharging?

Coupe or convertible, Porsche’s latest GTS is unquestionably capable.

In an era where sports cars are increasingly under threat from stricter emissions and fuel economy regulations, launching a sports car with a large, naturally-aspirated engine and a manual transmission is an occasion worth celebrating. And if instead of two sports cars instead of one, as is the case with the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0, is worth double the celebration.

Porsche’s GTS line, born in 1963 with the spectacular 904 Carrera GTS, splits the difference between the base models and with the higher-performance variants. In the case of Porsche’s smallest mid-engine sports cars, the new GTS sits between the Cayman S/Boxster S and the hardcore Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder… just like the last 718 GTS did. This model improves on its predecessor, though, by adopting the GT4/Spyder’s 4.0-liter flat-six.

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