Porsche Adds GTS Models to Boxster, Cayman lines
More power and new GTS top-of-the-line models keynote Porsche Boxster and Cayman for 2018. Porsche has developed new intake plenums and has optimized turbo output for their 2.5-liter flat four powerplants. The fours now crank out 365 horsepower, or 15 more ponies than 2017 718 S models.
Six-speed manuals are standard gearboxes
In addition to the freer-breathing engine and turbo changes, there are a number of performance-enhancing features such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV). The PTV package includes a special that makes handling crisper and more positive.
Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (ASM), which cuts ride height by 0.39 inches, further assists handling. The feature actively lowers ride height by up to 0.39 inches, compared to the standard suspension on other Boxster and Cayman models.
The engine changes have broadened the power band and have increased available torque up to 317 pounds-feet in automatic transmission models, 309 in manual transmission-equipped models. The added torque is available across a broader power band. The power band on automatics is 1,900 to 5,000 rpm, while on manuals it is 1,900 to 5,500 rpm. Using the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, 0 to 60 times of 3.9 seconds are possible with 180 mph top ends
New front and rear visual clues
New visual cues set the GTS models apart. They include unique front fascias with tinted front indicator lights and taillights. The GTS models also include individualized logos – in black – in black along lower rear panels. The Sports Exhaust System features black tipping on the center tailpipe. The black-accent theme continues with logos on the doors and matte black 20-inch wheels.
On the interior, the Sports Chrono package features a chronometer mounted on the center of the dash panel. Porsche used \Alcantara upholstery on the centers of the seatbacks. Alcantara trim is used on the steering wheel rim, center console armrest and door armrest. The headrests include stylized GTS embroidery logos. The headrests were also engineered to provide high lateral support and comfort.
A unique tech feature of the Sports Chrono Package is the Porsche Track Precision App. It is an app that turns a smartphone into a driving analysis tool. It lets drivers display and analyze data obtained from closed courses on smartphones. For more information on apps, look here: Porsche app information is available.
Dealers taking orders for spring delivery
Dealers are now taking orders for the 718 GTS models. The vehicles should arrive at dealers by next March. Pricing for the Cayman GTS is $79,800, and the Boxster GTS is $81,900.