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Cayman and Boxster given GTS treatment

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Porsche unveiled GTS variants of the Cayman and Boxster today, which feature more powerful engines and more standard equipment than the Boxster/Cayman S. To differentiate the GTS models from lesser mid-engined Porsches, they come standard with revised front and rear fascias, 20-inch Carrera S wheels, sport exhaust systems with black tailpipes, and blacked-out Bi-Xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).

Both new GTS models are equipped with 3.4-liter flat sixes, like their S counterparts, but they each get an increase of 15 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque, good for 340 hp and 280 lb-ft in the Cayman GTS and 330 hp and 273 lb-ft in the Boxster GTS. The six-speed manual is the standard transmission, though buyers can opt for the seven-speed PDK semi-automatic transmission. Porsche lists 0-60 miles-per-hour times as 4.3 second in the Cayman GTS and 4.4 second in the Boxster GTS equipped with PDK. Porsche gives top speeds of the new GTS models equipped with the manual transmission, which is 177 mph for the Cayman and 174 mph for the Boxster.

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with its electronically controlled dampers, is standard on the new GTS models. That should help keep the 20-inch Carrera S wheels wrapped in tires sized 235/35 up front and 265/35 out back planted, even on rough roads. In keeping with other recent GTS models, the steering wheel, headliner, center console, and seat inserts are wrapped in Alcantara, and “GTS” is embroidered in the headrests and printed on the face of the tachometer.

The GTS name was first used on the 1963 904 Carrera GTS, a mid-engined Porsche built for racing, and it later appeared on other models, such as the 924 GTS (also built for racing) and the 928 GTS in the early- to mid-1990s. The GTS name wasn’t used again until 2007, when Porsche released the sport-oriented Cayenne GTS. Since then, it has identified the sportiest Cayennes, Panameras, and non-GT 911s.

The new Cayman and Boxster GTS will start being delivered this summer. The Cayman GTS starting price is $75,200 and the Boxster GTS starts at $73,500, excluding the $995 destination charge.

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