Porsche has expanded its entry-level 718 lineup of Boxster and Cayman models by introducing a mid-spec GTS version. The new GTS version for both hard-top Cayman and convertible Boxster models has been introduced between the more affordable Standard variant and the top-spec track-focused GT4 variant. While the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is priced at Rs 1.46 crore, the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS will set you back by Rs 1.49 crore (both prices ex-showroom, India).
Coming to the design changes in and out, the new GTS version looks more special over the Standard variants, but slightly less sporty than the GT4 variants. The front bumper of the GTS variant for both the models gets GTS-specific dark contrast detailing on the lower lip and bigger air intakes on its sides. The other changes include different 20-inch satin black alloy wheels, “GTS 4.0” badges on the door panels and tinted blacked-out headlamps and tail lamps.
The changes on the inside for the GTS variant of both the models are not so major, as this variant gets “GTS” badges on the headrests, Alcantara leather upholstery for the steering wheel and sports seats, analogue instrument console and the revised 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with latest-generation Porsche Communication Management system.
Engine and Transmission
The new GTS variant for both 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster now share the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six petrol engine with the GT4 variant. However, the engine in the GTS variants are detuned to produce a slightly lower power output – compared to the 420 bhp of power output in the GT4 variants, the GTS variants make 400 bhp of maximum power output.
The customers have the option of choosing between a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The torque output remains the same at 420 Nm, which shoots up to 430 Nm for the PDK-equipped variant. Porsche claims a 0-100 kph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 293 kph for the GTS variants. The previous iteration of the GTS variants of both these models sold in India was powered by a smaller 3.4-litre flat-six engine.
Compared to the standard variants, the GTS variants have a 20mm lower ride height, upgraded brakes and Porsche’s Active Suspension Management System. However, the ground clearance is still 10mm more than the GT4 variants. The GTS variants are also offered with a torque vectoring system and sports exhaust system from the GT4 variants.
The new Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Porsche 718 Boxster GTS will take on similarly priced sports cars like Jaguar F-Type, BMW Z4, Nissan GT-R and Lexus LC 500h.