Two Potent Performers Fire Up Canadian International Auto Show
PORSCHE TOOK THE WRAPS OFF two potent performers at last month’s Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto — the track-only 935 and the track-tuned-but-road-ready 718 Cayman GT4.
Decked out like the Batmobile, the 935 is based on the last-generation 911 GT2 RS and shares its high-strung, twin-turbocharged, 700-horsepower 3.8-litre flat-six, mated to a seven-speed PDK manumatic transmission. This is one of just 77 new 935s in the world and is priced just over the $1-million mark. See Provinz photographer Eshel Zweig’s review on page 8 when he caught up with the 935 earlier on display at Pfaff Porsche in Vaughan in January.
Variety is the spice of life and tasty morsels can certainly now be found sprinkled throughout the 718 Cayman line-up. From tame, though already still incredibly capable, in the base model with 300 horsepower from a turbo flat-four, to the S with 350 horsepower and still a flat-four, to the purist T, to the GTS 4.0 with a 394-horse flat-six, and now the top-of-the-line, motorsports-derived GT4. Prices start at a very accessible $64,400 and head north to the GT4’s nearly double $113,800.
The GT4 is very much enthusiast-focused — packing a 414-horsepower, naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six growling midship just a foot behind the driver, paired to only a six-speed stick shift. No automatic is offered, although we hear the PDK is under consideration. The sport suspension and other bits like the front splitter, rear diffuser and large rear wing are tuned for very fast corners and quick transitions.
Porsche also showed the GT4’s drop-top twin, the Boxster Spyder, which is priced a tad lower at $110,500. It comes with, essentially, the same specs. </>
Story & photos by Stefan Walther