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.