Bigger power outputs bestowed upon the new Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.
The mighty Porsche Boxster may be approaching its 20th birthday, but it shows no signs of going into retirement. The Boxster GTS has been revealed alongside the Cayman GTS, with both models set to go on sale in May 2014.
Porsche has ‘optimised’ the Boxster’s 3.4-litre flat-six, taking engine power from 315hp to 330hp and torque up by 10Nm to 370Nm. This allows the Boxster GTS to go from 0 to 62mph in 4.7 seconds ─ 0.3 seconds faster than the Boxster S with the PDK gearbox equipped. 174mph is the top speed, which is a record for the model and only 3mph behind the new Cayman GTS.
Somehow the mid-engined Boxster GTS can manage a claimed 34.4mpg with the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK flappy-paddles and 31.4mpg with the six-speed manual gearbox.
Opt for the Sport Chrono package and the Boxster GTS has dynamic engine mounts that, when accelerating, cornering or braking, the mountings stiffen up to ‘reduce the effects of mass transfer’, improving agility by keeping the body level.
Standard Boxster GTS equipment includes 20-inch alloy ‘Carrera S’ wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management for letting the driver adjust damper stiffness and throttle responsiveness, leather and Alcantara interior, sports seats with electric adjustment, air-conditioning, auto stop-start, Bi-Xenon headlights in black and Porsche’s Dynamic Lighting System.
The Porsche Cayman GTS has, like the Boxster GTS, been given a 15hp power boost, taking the 3.4-litre flat-six to 340hp. 0 to 62mph takes 4.6 seconds, while the top speed is 177mph. Torque is now 380Nm up from 370Nm on the S model. Fuel economy of 34.4mpg is claimed with the PDK gearbox equipped.
Standard equipment on the Cayman GTS mirrors that of the Boxster GTS, including a three-year warranty, MP3 connectivity and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Both models have the option of a new sports chassis configuration that lowers the ride height by 20mm, improving their looks and handling at the expense of getting over speed bumps without incident.
Prices start from £52,879 for the Boxster GTS and from £55,397 for the Cayman GTS.