Porsche expands its mid-engine 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman model lines with a new GTS model.
The GTS stunner features a reimagined powertrain with new intake plenum and optimized turbocharger for the 2.5 liter flat-four cylinder engine. And the GTS up the horsepower to a max output of 365 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque at 1,900 rpm. 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 top track speed is 180 mph.
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.
The GTS Sport Design offers a distinctive look with 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. Black GTS designations on the doors and matte black 20-inch wheels complete the dynamic.
The interior is also pure GTS. The chronometer of the standard Sport Chrono Package is 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.
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 of the 718 Cayman GTS is $79,800 and 718 Boxster GTS $81,900.