The 718 Boxster and Cayman have just been assigned a little extra oomph in the form of GTS membership. Power is up to 360bhp thanks to a cleverly redesigned intake duct and optimised turbocharger for the 2.5-litre flat-four. That’s a useful increase of 15bhp over the 718S and a telling 35bhp over the previous generation naturally aspirated GTS.
Both Cayman and Boxster GTS will be available with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch PDK and come equipped with a sizeable standard equipment list that includes the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring and PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management).
Extra torque is another boon of improved forced induction, the 430 NM available on the new GTS from just 1,900rpm sees off 62mph in just over four seconds in PDK and Sport Chrono trim. Top speed, meanwhile, is now an impressive 180mph.
The new 718 GTS will also stand apart from its less performance oriented stablemates with a variety of subtle but distinctive design elements. A new ‘Sport Design’ front apron gives the car a more purposeful nose, framed by the trademark GTS black-tinted Bi-Xenon headlights.
The chrome-cancelling theme continues at the rear, with tinted taillights, black badging, black rear apron and black twin tailpipes from the as-standard sports exhaust. In profile, meanwhile, 20-inch satin black wheels and black GTS logos at the base of the doors complete a subtle but assertive statement.
Inside the 718 GTS deftly balances performance focus with comfort and luxury. Alcantara is the dominant theme, enveloping the steering wheel, centre console and GTS sport seat backs. Atop the dash sits the stopwatch from the Sport Chrono Package, which, in conjunction with the Porsche Track Precision App, will enable committed owners to monitor their circle work down to the finest detail.
Coupe and drop-top? Manual or PDK? Both 718 GTS models are available to order now and arrive in dealerships in mid-December 2017. Call it an early Christmas present.
718 Boxster GTS: combined fuel consumption 9.1 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 207 – 186 g/km 718 Cayman GTS: combined fuel consumption 9.1 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 207 – 186 g/km