Porsche reveals GTS versions of 718 Boxster and Cayman for 2018 model year

Article by Christian A., on October 19, 2017

It’s not as if the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are not already impressive cars. The automaker has just given us more reasons to love the twins. The 2018 model year will come with a new GTS variant – for both the 718 Boxster GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS. Both models come with a number of visual and performance upgrades, one of which is additional 15 horsepower - thanks to the new intake plenum and tweaked turbocharged 2.5 liter flat four, now giving it as much as 365 horsepower, that is 35 HP more than the previous GTS models.

Of course, torque also increases to 317 pound feet, from 1,900 up to 5,000 revs. Both models come standard with a six speed manual transmission, but customers could opt for an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

In just 3.9 seconds, the 2018 GTS models can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill, before continuing to a top speed of 180 miles per hour. With new features like the Active Suspension System and Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential, performance for both models is pushed to their limits. The Sport Chrono package adds a couple of driving modes including Sport, Sport Plus, Launch Control (PDK only), and active driveline mounts.

With an improved performance, it would be a shame if it did not have visual upgrades as well, right? Having said that, the new GTS variants now have a sportier front fascia flanked by tinted indicator lamps and taillights. This is paired with a blacked out rear lower fascia, black exhaust tips, black 20-inch wheels finished in Satin Black, and black badging around each model to match the darkened theme.

As part of the Sport Chrono Package, there is now a centrally mounted chronometer that comes standard for GTS drivers. The interior is made from Alcantara, which stretches from the center console armrest, and door armrests, to the steering wheel rim. There are also GTS logos embroidered on the seat headrests.

The extra power comes with a little more bling. But this begs the question, how much more will customers have to pay? The 718 Cayman GTS starts at $79,800, while the 718 Boxster GTS can be had at $81,900. That is about $10,000 more expensive than the S trim for both models. But if you get the S trim, and tick the options that the GTS offers, the price increase appears quite reasonable. Overall, we think that the 918 Cayman and Boxster in the GTS trim are worth your money.

Porsche has already started taking orders for the new GTS models, but these will not be delivered until March 2018. So there’s no time to waste; head on to the nearest dealership.

Press Release

Sharper design, greater performance – the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS Models

Porsche is expanding the mid-engine 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman model lines with new GTS models. 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 all 718 model variants, the new GTS derivatives come standard with a 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.

Increased performance with more power
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 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The top track speed is 180 mph.

Characteristic GTS: black accents inside and out
The GTS models set themselves apart through distinct visual differences. The Sport Design front fascia underscores the performance of the car. Tinted front indicator lights and taillights, model designations in black, a black lower rear fascia, and black tips on the centrally mounted standard Sport Exhaust System make the GTS models stand out. Black GTS designations on the doors and matte black 20-inch wheels complete the particularly dynamic appearance.

Interior: Standard Alcantara® and Porsche Track Precision App
The interior is also pure GTS. 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®. Featuring 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). The app allows performance oriented drivers to automatically record, display, and analyze driving data obtained on closed courses on a smartphone.

Market availability and pricing
The 2018 718 GTS models are now available to order and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealers by March 2018. The base MSRP — excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee — is as follows:
718 Cayman GTS $79,800
718 Boxster GTS $81,900


Source: Porsche

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