Think of it as the last hurrah, a way to bring down the curtain on a good year for cars. It’s the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it’s the last major show ’til the season starts up again in January. Porsche AG brought an interesting assortment of existing vehicles (like the Porsche Cayenne) and newer offerings. In this case, that means two new variants of the 2018 Porsche 718. Here’s a preview of what the latter will offer when it arrives at Porsche Nashua early next year.
If you’re a longtime fan of the Porsche brand, you know that the Porsche 718 isn’t one car, but two very similar models. The Porsche 718 Cayman is a hardtop roadster, while the Porsche 718 Boxster is its ragtop counterpart. Both ride on the same platform and share powertrains, technology, and much else in common.
What’s new is a GTS version that makes its big-stage debut in Los Angeles. Previous versions of the Porsche 718 GTS used a naturally-aspirated engine. The new version makes some changes to the air intakes and optimizes the turbocharger, increasing output by fifteen horsepower over the Porsche 718 S models and 35 more horses than the earlier naturally-aspirated version.
That’s not all that’s on offer. The powertrain is normally rounded out by a six-speed manual transmission, but that gearbox can be optioned out in favor of a seven-speed dual clutch Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. Also standard: Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical locking rear differential, the Sport Chrono Package, and the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) which lowers ride height by nearly four tenths of an inch for better aerodynamics.
That last specification may well be our favorite. Not many automakers would bother with a 10 millimeter height adjustment, but for Porsche AG no detail is too small to overlook. It’s just one reason why a legion of Porsche car fans from New England — and all of us at Porsche Nashua — love them so much. Visit us at 170 Main Dunstable Road to find out more and to see what sets us (and our new Porsche cars) apart.