Christmas came early for Porsche purists at the LA Auto Show. The German supercar wizards revealed not one, but two cars at the show and both of them either come standard or have an option of a manual transmission.
Yes, Porsche does in fact listen to their fans. The first car revealed at the swanky Porsche exhibit is the 718 Cayman GTS. As you may have guessed, the GTS picks up where the 718 S leaves off, adding more power and torque with the help of a turbocharger.
At 365 total horsepower 718 GTS is up 15 horsepower over the 718 S and 35 horsepower over the previous Cayman GTS model. However, like its predecessor, the 718 GTS is meant to be a fun sports car that can work on the street but be tons of fun on the track.
Though, as I mentioned if you really want to have fun, you’ll probably want to spring for the six-speed manual transmission. Not to take anything away from Porsche’s PDK transmission but let’s face it, the purists love to row through the gears.
The 718 GTS also comes standard with the Porsche Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system.
It also as a few unique styling cues like blacked out logos, tinted tail lights, and 20 inch black wheels. Inside, drivers will find plenty of alcantara, making the GTS feel like a legitimate track car.
The second reveal was actually one of the global variety. Moments after giving the 718 GTS is formal US introduction, a large curtain behind the crowd dropped and the new Porsche Carrera 911 T.
This new 911 T is meant to fit into that grey area between ultimate track beast and incredibly tame cruiser. Despite the 911 T’s 370HP 3 liter flat-six twin-turbocharged engine, the “T” actually stands for “touring”.
The 911 T comes with a full suite of bits that make it just a little more sporty than a base 911; including a close ratio transmission (with a six speed manual available), rear locking differential, a slight 20mm drop in height, the PSAM sport chassis, Sport Chrono package, and rear axle steering.
Lighter glass, reduced sound dampening, and a rear seat delete help the 911 T save 44lbs over a base 911 Carrera.
When it comes to style, the 911 T keeps things subtle. No one would blame you for confusing the 911 T with a base 911 from afar. Though, when up close the differences are slightly more obvious.
Like the 718 GTS, the 911 has blacked out logos, an exclusive wheel design, and a very subtle front lip spoiler. Inside, things are a little more flashy with stitched logos in the seats and even the option of color matched seatbelts.
What do you think of the pair that Porsche revealed at the LA Auto Show? Are you excited about the 718 GTS and/or the Carrera 911 T? Or do you think the cars are a little too subtle for your taste?
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