"This 2.0-liter four makes 'just' 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. That's a fair margin better than the output of the previous 2.7-liter flat-six. Assuming the turbo is alive and spinning, torque is more plentiful lower in the rev range, too, making the 718 a far better commuting partner than its predecessor. To answer the all-important exhaust-note question, our staff remains split on whether the new flat-four engine sounds more like a Subaru being waterboarded than like the classic Porsche song of its flat-six predecessor. Without question, it emits a sporty gargling sound that most will equate with 'fast.' The optional sport exhaust ensures that, no matter what you think the 718 sounds like, it can be set to 'louder.'"
-- Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver