It’s only a year since Porsche launched the beautiful looking 718 series in India, with open top Boxter and Cayman models. And now the German sportscar manufacturer owned by Volkswagen has unveiled the Model Year 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and the Boxter GTS. Both the cars are the Porsche’s new mid-engined models, which are touted as the most driver-focused variants.
Porsche has revealed a series of official photographs of both the models ahead of the public debut at the upcoming Los Angeles motor show in late November. While both the cars are the sharpest offering yet, Porsche can very well launch a featherweight 718 Boxster Spyder given its recent history. Also, Porsche has already revealed the plans about the 718 Cayman GT4.
Speaking of the new models, the new roadster and coupé pairing’s boxer engine receives a new intake system and changes to its turbocharger. This results to an increased power output of 15bhp from the less heavily tuned version of the engine used by the 718 Boxster S and 718 Cayman S at 361bhp. This also means that the new 718 Boxster GTS has 35bhp more and the new 718 Cayman GTS 25bhp more than their predecessor models launched in 2014.
Both of the cars are powered by the same naturally aspirated 3.5-litre flat six-cylinder as the previous model, but the respective outputs now stands at of 325bhp and 335bhp. Torque is also up 37lb ft over the old Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS at 317lb ft available between 1900 and 5000rpm. A standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual clutch automatic combined with a mechanical rear differential and electronically controlled torque vectoring function channels the power to the rear wheels.
There’s also the Porsche’s much acclaimed launch control function, and standard Sport Chrono Package, that in combination with the dual clutch automatic gearbox, pushes the new 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS from 0-100 kmph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 180mph – a respective 0.2 seconds quicker and 4 mph faster than predecessor models. The smaller capacity engine with forced induction means a boosted performance without any significant change in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions over the old Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.
Talking about the design, the new 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS gets a subtle styling changes, when compared to other models in the family. There’s an altered front bumper, black tinted headlights and tail-lights, a more prominent diffuser element within the rear bumper and centrally mounted black tailpipes as part of a standard sport exhaust system.
Other visual changes include the black GTS badges at the base of the doors, standard 20 inch alloy wheels painted in a black satin finish and a 10 mm reduction in ride height as part of the chassis changes brought on by the adoption of Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system as standard equipment.
Inside the cabin is the additional Alcantara accents within the seats, steering wheel, centre console and armrests. Together with Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package, the new top-of-the-line Boxster and Cayman models also receive a Porsche Track Precision App, which enables the driver to record, display and analyse data on their smartphone.
While the first deliveries are due this December, Porsche is accepting orders for the new 718 GTS pairing. Prices start at £59,866 for the 718 Cayman GTS, while the drop-top 718 Boxster GTS commands £61,727.