Porsche updates 718 Boxster, Cayman GTS

718 GTS variants gets more powerful engine, upgraded design

Porsche expands the mid-engine 718 Boxster and Cayman model lines with new GTS models that will offer an array of performance enhancements and design upgrades.

The new 718 GTS models of Boxster and Cayman models have a newly developed intake plenum and an optimized turbocharger increases the output of the 2.5 liter flat-four cylinder engine to 365 horsepower. This is 15 horsepower more than on the 718 S models and up to 35 horsepower more compared to the previous generation of naturally aspirated Boxster and Cayman GTS variants.

Like the other 718 model variants, the new GTS models have a standard six-speed manual transmission. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission is available to order as an option. A number of performance-enhancing options such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)  including a mechanical rear-differential lock or the Sport Chrono Package are standard on the GTS models, as well as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) compared to the standard suspension on other 718 Boxster and Cayman models.

The maximum torque of up to 317 lb-ft (309 lb-ft on manual transmission models) is available across a broad power band from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm (1,900 to 5,500 rpm on manual transmission models) and further improves acceleration. When equipped with the optional PDK transmission both GTS models are capable of accelerating from zero to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds. The top track speed is 290 kph.

Outside, the GTS models have distinct visual differences. Their sport design front fascia emphasizes the performance of the cars. They also have tinted front indicator head- and taillights. The exhaust is surrounded with black color on the lower rear fascia to make the GTS models stand-out. Black accents are continued on the doors and 20-inch wheels, completing the GTS’ dynamic appearance.

Inside, the chronometer of the standard Sport Chrono Package is centrally mounted on the dashboard. The seat centers of the standard Sport Seats Plus are made of Alcantara that features an embroidered GTS logo on the headrests, they provide particularly high lateral support and comfort.

The steering wheel rim, center console armrest, and door armrests are also made of Alcantara. When the optional Navigation Module and Connect Plus Packages are ordered, the standard Sport Chrono Package also offers the Porsche Track Precision App (PTPA), which allows performance oriented drivers to automatically record, display, and analyze driving data obtained on closed courses on a smartphone.