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GTS 4.0 Ground Clearance vs other 718 models

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Porsche lists the “Max. ground clearance (steel suspension)” as 4.4 inches. I find this confusing given that the standard config has a 20mm lowered Sport PASM suspension. That would make its clearance higher than the base config 718 model, which everyone seems to agree is 4.3”. Would that 4.4” measurement be for a different point on the chassis compared to the base model measurement? Porsche website doesn’t even list ground clearance for any of the models besides the GTS 4.0. So maybe the often cited 4.3” clearance for the base model is wrong?

Another data point… the clearance for the base 911 is listed as 4.7”. So in general, the 718s are lower than the 911s?
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I just put a tape measure under the car from floor to the panel under the seats (random choice), and it is indeed just shy of 4.5" on a GTS 4.0 with S-PASM (-.75" from standard)
Thanks. In that case, the often cited clearance of 4.3” for the base and S models must not be correct. I don’t see how they could be lower than the GTS.
I figured it out. Two different measurements involved. Porsche’s spec as quoted above is the maximum clearance. But what is most often cited is the minimum clearance. As I had assumed, that measurement must be from the lowest point under the front spoiler — more specifically the “sacrificial” plastic strip that typically gets scraped. That of course would be lower than the height of the “steel suspension”, where you would get the maximum measurement.
just checked my bumper, and the lip of the spoiler is about 6.5" of clearance, and the winglet in front of the front wheel is about 3.5" of clearance
Ok. I guess the winglet is the low point, as the min clearance is supposed to be 3.6*.
Great pictures! Thanks.

Remember, PASM does not change ride height. It just firms up the suspension. I was confused by that coming from a Macan because my suspension height could be changed.
For clarity, PASM is always on. The firming up is when sport mode is selected.
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