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Porsche announces 718 Boxster, Cayman GTS models with more horsepower, standard equipment

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Photos courtesy Porsche

In early 2016, Porsche announced the 718 Boxster and Boxster S followed by the 718 Cayman and Cayman S a few months later. In true Porsche fashion, a GTS model for both the coupe and roadster had to be around the corner. Nearly two years later, we’re finally getting the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS.

GTS variants, without fail since the 997 Carrera GTS, offer a lot of standard performance-oriented equipment — and usually for less money than the price of optioning an S model to the same specs. That’s the case here.

The 2.5-liter flat four gets a 15-horsepower bump to 365, while torque is curiously rated at 317 pound-feet for models equipped with the seven-speed PDK automatic transmission and 309 lb-ft for those with the six-speed manual. Zero to 60 miles per hour takes 3.9 seconds in PDK-equipped 718 GTSs, and they top out at a not-insignificant 180 mph.

Corralling that power is a mechanical locking differential, while the PASM suspension lowers the GTS by 10 millimeters and increases agility.

And what would a modern-day Porsche GTS model be without some black styling accents? The 718 GTSs live up to the reputation with tinted front turn signals and taillights, black lower rear fascia, black exhaust tips, and matte black 20-inch wheels. A Sport Design front fascia livens things up as well.

Alcantara is used in the seat centers, and in case you didn’t know what you were driving, the “GTS” script is on the headrests.

If a performance-minded Boxster is what you’re after, be prepared to pay $81,900 for the GTS. The Cayman GTS is a slightly friendlier $79,800 (both MSRPs listed here do not include the $1,050 destination fee).

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