Let’s admit something right up front: nobody turns their nose up at horsepower. In our entire history serving drivers from Manchester, NH to Westford, MA, we don’t think we’ve ever heard someone say, “Well, it’s nice, but do you have something less powerful?” Why do we bring this up? Because you can find cars with more horsepower than the just-arrived 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. You can find them here at Porsche Nashua.

That turns out not to matter much. In a Road and Track article titled, “The 718 Cayman GTS Is Porsche’s Best Kept Secret,” Travis Okulski notes that the car in question is “far slower, far less aggressive than these heavy hitters.” But it’s still a winner. Why?

Drivers and car reviewers alike tend to look at a combination of torque, horsepower, and zero to sixty time as the benchmarks of great cars. Make no mistake, those things help. But what really makes a “driver’s car” has only a bit to do with the engine. Balance matters, and the mid-engined Porsche 718 models have excellent weight distribution. Steering response makes a big difference, too, and the steering here offers just the right mix of resistance and response. The right chassis and great handling will give you goosebumps just as surely as a quick start.

It isn’t easy to build a car that mixes performance with comfort, yet new Porsche cars do it time and time again. The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS (and even its humbler trims) shines because it’s a car that begs to be driven. At its best, a car should be an extension of its driver, and that’s exactly what you get here.

But don’t just take our word for it. Visit Porsche Nashua at 170 Main Dunstable Road and see for yourself!