New green car! This time, we’re off to explore the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0. Father Christmas prefers it as a gift for himself, rather than a delivery sled. We agree with him.
Color Python Green!
“What are you riding in?” “-” In Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 “-” You lost me after the word Porsche “. It sounds like a long time to say, but making it shorter wouldn’t do it justice. Because each word and number composing its name counts. Why would we see her well under the tree? First for its look. And this python green suits him pretty well! Not discreet? Even in black, a Porsche like this looks hard to camouflage.
The identity of the brand can be recognized at first glance from the front as well as from the back. No need to get close to the badges to know which manufacturer you are dealing with. For the rest, the 911 type 992 stands out clearly. Dark elements such as the rims, the air extractor incorporating the large exhaust cannulas, clearly boost the sportiness of this 718.
Perfect driving position
On board, we also enter fully into the world of the manufacturer from Stuttgart. The driving position is absolutely perfect, and adjustable to the millimeter. You feel ideally installed to treat yourself to a moment of pleasure at the wheel. Leather and Alcantara dress the entire interior. The finish does not suffer criticism, we expected no less. The fundamentals are there, starting with the typically house instrument cluster, the tachometer prominently.
The steering wheel with aluminum inserts incorporates the dial for the different modes. The stopwatch sits on top of the dashboard, and the screen, although located a bit low, has everything you need, including CarPlay. Non-regulars will have to go through a period of adaptation to understand the controls, but nothing rocket science. Special mention for the sumptuous carbon bucket seats, as beautiful as they are excellent in terms of support. You can take a lot of things in the two chests.
Up to 7,800 rpm!
We enter the key in the housing dedicated to left-hand starting, and the 6-cylinder behind us wakes up. No doubt, it makes the sound of a Porsche. This 4.0 develops a trifle of 400 horsepower, barely less than the Spyder, and significantly more than the old 4-legged 2.5 turbo. It always flatters the ears! With 420 Nm of torque, it does not lack enthusiasm. Its reach is very impressive.
When we think of reaching the red zone by referring to the intonation, we must insist, because there is still energy up to 7800 revolutions / min. May this atmospheric flat-6 be blessed! Without the hood, we enjoy the concert even more. The precise and well-guided gearbox with addictive handling, contributes to driving pleasure of a very high level. Obviously the performance is to match, with a 0 to 100 km / h dispatched in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 293 km / h.
Its chassis appears as an example of efficiency. The mechanical limited-slip differential and active PASM suspensions in particular help in its first-class behavior. And this beast of 1,480 kilos does not call for any other artifice than those mentioned above. It shows a balance as one would expect from a sports car of its kind. It is one of those where we understand by whipping it, that we will not reach our limits without disconnecting the brain.
In addition, its intractable stability reassures in all circumstances. We feel at ease and a little pilot at the wheel, so much the feeling of control inhabits us. This is largely due to the car. The direction to the ideal consistency, allows us easily to adopt surgical trajectories. In addition, braking is powerful and naturally adjustable. Porsche has not skimped on the means in this matter, as evidenced by its discs (steel on our model) bitten by 6-piston calipers.
From 86,660 €
This “small” car alone has many qualities that make many of us dream. Power, efficiency, melodic sound, convertible and exceptional driving pleasure. We will stop there the praises and other superlatives. But its competitors do not necessarily have as many cylinders, horses, and equivalent behavior. What’s left with 911s? Many things, which we will discover soon. Base price € 86,660. Hello Father Christmas?