Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Extra power for Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster GTS

The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS will be available to order from December.

Extra power has been found by optimising the all-important turbocharger and developing a new air intake manifold. Power output duly climbs by 15bhp beyond the less heavily tuned version of the engine used by the 718 Boxster S and 718 Cayman S at 361bhp.

Both the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS will share the 2.5-litre flat-four engine with the S models.

The maximum torque of 317lb ft is available from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. Of course, a six-speed manual will be available as well.

In combination with the dual clutch automatic gearbox, which features a launch control function, and standard Sport Chrono Package, Porsche claims the new 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are capable of reaching 62mph from standstill in 4.1sec and a top speed of 180mph - a respective 0.2sec quicker and 4mph faster than predecessor models. The EU Combined economy is 34.4mpg, with 186g/km of Carbon dioxide emissions.

Other standard equipment included in the 2018 editions are the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system with a mechanical rear differential lock and the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which sets the vehicle 10 mm lower to the ground. The company has also equipped the models with the Sport Chrono package with Porsche Track Precision App helps the driver to record lap times and videos directly from their smartphone.

You'll be able to spot GTS models easily enough, thanks to black exterior trim and badges, dark-tinted bi-xenon headlights and rear light clusters, as well as 20-inch "satin-finished" alloy wheels. Both occupants get Plus sport seats with Alcantara centre components and the GTS logo on the headrests, and which provide improved lateral support. Porsche is hoping to change that perspective with the new 718 GTS. Prices in Europe will start from €76,137 while in the United States prices (excluding delivery, processing and handling charges) will begin at $79,800 for the Cayman GTS, rising to $81,900 for the Boxster.

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