The driver-focused GTS variants of Boxster and Cayman return with the facelifted 718 models.
The pre-facelifted Boxster and Cayman GTS were the most critically acclaimed versions of the current generation of these sportscars, and Porsche aims to revive that success with the official reveal of the 718 GTS models.
As with most GTS versions in the Porsche family, the 718 Boxter and Cayman GTS get bespoke interior and exterior treatments, enhanced performance features, and most importantly, additional power. The two cars have their power increased to 361bhp thanks to a newly developed intake duct and an optimised turbocharger for the 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder boxer engine. With these improvements, the engine delivers about 15bhp more power than the 718 S model and up to 35 bhp more power than its GTS predecessor models with naturally aspirated engines.
The new mid-engined sports cars are available with a 6-speed transmission or Porsche’s PDK dual clutch automatic transmission. When combined with the PDK and Sport Chrono Package, the GTS models accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds, and attain a top speed of 290 km/h.
The GTS models stand out within the 718 model line not only in terms of technology, but also in their visual design. As is typical for GTS models, the front and rear light modules are black-tinted, there is a new ‘sport design apron’ at the front, all badges on the cars are no black, and so is the rear apron. The 20-inch alloys come painted in satin black as well.
Inside, both the driver and front passenger get sports seats. In addition, the interior features a high proportion of Alcantara, which can be found on the steering wheel trim, centre console, within the seats, and on the armrest. Also standard is the Porsche Track Precision App integration, which enables the driver to automatically record, display and analyse driving data on their smartphone.
The GTS vehicles are also equipped with a host of options as standard, such as the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential lock, and Porsche Active Suspension Management - which lowers the body by ten millimetres.
The Porsche Boxster and Cayman are virtually identical sportscars, with the only difference being that the former is a convertible, while the latter is a coupe. In Germany, the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS will start from €78,160 (~Rs. 60 lakh) and the 718 Cayman GTS from €76,137 (~Rs. 58.27 lakh).