All its takes is 3 letters for Porsche enthusiasts and drivers alike to know the GTS editions mean more performance and exclusivity under your right foot. The GTS treatment has now been distilled into the Boxster and Cayman for increased driver focused Porsches for both road and track.
The GTS lineage can be traced back to the legendary 904 Carrera GTS in 1960s and from then the letter 'GTS' mean 'Gran Turismo Sport' which is a promise from Porsche for exponential levels of performance for both the road and track.
The latest Porsche Boxster has received the GTS overhaul which has resulted in increased performance with 15 bhp hike in power to 330 bhp with torque now at 370 Nm in the 3.4 litre engine. With any increase in power Porsche have contained it by standard fitting the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which allows adjustable damping levels from the driver while subtle changes in throttle.
The optional PDK seven speed double clutch gearbox allows the Boxster GTS to launch from a standstill to 62mph in 4.7 seconds (launch control must be engaged). The mid engined Boxster GTS now tops out at top speed of 174mph while the potential to return 34.4mpg in PDK and being Euro 6 emissions compliant. For all the driving pursuits the manual comes as standard to enjoy every quick shift and every change of the gears.
The Cayman has received similar treatment for the GTS improvements which makes it the most powerful and fastest mid engine coupe from Porsche. The Cayman was debuted to the world in 2005 and now its second generation want to offer it in the GTS format for more driving purity.
Like the Boxster GTS the Cayman GTS receives the Sports Chrono Package and PASM as standard while new engine tweaks have increased power to 340bhp and torque to 380 Nm to make it both a fast and track day weapon. The changes coupled with the optional PDK transmission have drop the 0 to 62mph time to 4.6 seconds when launch control is activated which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the standard Cayman S with PDK.
Both GTS models have received dynamic engine mounts from the Sport Chrono Package which stiffen the engine mounts under acceleration, cornering or braking to reduce mass transfer for further agility. The GTS editions can be selected to have the optional sports chassis which lowers the ride height by 20mm to increase track and road performance without removing everyday use.
You will be able to spot the GTS models by the subtle but unforgettable changes which are black 20 inch alloys, smoked Bi-Xenon headlight and rear lights, silky black model badges, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), aggressive front spoiler and restyled lower apron
On the inside you will see GTS logos in the cabin will the sport seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara which beckon you to climb and turn the key.
Standard equipment includes black finished 20-inch diameter Carrera S alloy wheels, black finish Bi-Xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System, leather/Alcantara interior, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts, auto stop-start function, Sports seats Plus with electric adjustment, air conditioning, CD audio system with seven-inch touch-screen, universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity, automatic headlight activation, ‘Sport’ button, front electric windows, floor mats, top-tinted windscreen and a three-year warranty.
Prices start at £52,879 for the Boxster GTS and £55,397 for the Cayman GTS and will be in Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland in May.
Owners can take their GTS models to the track to hone their skills in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.
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