Porsche’s mid-engine models are darn near perfect when it comes to driving excitement. They’re fantastic sports cars that easily earn a 10 on our scale. We’d even give the highest-performance versions an extra point, if only our scale went to 11.
No. These are rear-wheel-drive cars.
How fast is the Porsche 718?
Base versions put out 300 hp and 289 lb-ft of torque from a flat-4, which hustles these cars to 60 mph in just shy of five seconds. You’ll find a choice between 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes, too.
Better yet is the 718 S with its upsized 2.5-liter flat-4, which puts out 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque to shave a half second off of the run to 60 mph.
The GTS 4.0 swaps in a flat-6 good for 394 hp. It’s not much faster to 60 mph, but it provides far more confident passing power. And it sounds a heck of a lot better, with a classic Porsche thrum intertwined with a hint of turbo whistle. GT4 and Spyder RS models now put out 493 hp from a version of this engine, which makes them some of the fastest cars in the Porsche lineup.
We prefer the 6-speed manual gearbox, though the available 7-speed dual-clutch automatic will fire through gears far faster than your right hand and clutch leg can ever consider.
These cars aren’t just about going places quickly. They’re about truly enjoying the experience. Even in the most basic 718, you’ll find near-telepathic steering with terrific response and weighting. The poised chassis rides firmly, so opt for adaptive dampers where available to take the edge off especially if you plan to opt for upsized wheels. These cars can be a bit jittery for long-distance driving; they’re not necessarily meant to be grand-tourers in the way Porsche’s own 911 excels.