Could the Porsche Boxster GTS be Better than the 911?
Say what you will about cars like the Panamera and Cayenne, but Porsche is a brand that is deeply in tune with its past, and knows its bread and butter. Ask any enthusiast to name five epic sports cars, and Porsche 911 is sure to be right there on the short list. But is the Boxster about to become better than the 911? I’ve driven both the current 911 and the current Boxster, as well as their respective predecessors. The 991 generation of the Porsche 911 was certainly a better car than the 987 generation Boxster– and that was by design. But then when the current 981 Boxster came out, something happened. Porsche took the gloves off the Boxster and said it did not have to be capped by the 911. The result was the Boxster S being one of the best cars I’ve ever driven– and neck-and-neck with the current 991 generation of the 911. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Porsche Boxster GTS
The Boxster GTS just might usurp 911’s reign of sportscar dominance. It takes the equipment of the Boxster S to the next level– tuning the 3.4-liter flat-six out another 15 horsepower, to 330 hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a manual transmission or PDK direct shift gearbox.
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The Boxster GTS also features revised aerodynamics, and the Sport Chrono package standard. That means blacked out headlight bezzles, black 20-inch wheels, a Sport Plus mode and Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM). With the touch of a button, the car changes its steering and handling dynamics, and this is where the Boxster will truly shine.
PASM is also available on the 911, but with the Boxster, the advanced system is fitted to a smaller, more nimble car. Sure, the 911 has a faster 0-60 and more power, but you won’t find a 911 for the Boxster’s starting price of $75,200 that can do what the GTS does in terms of taking a turn.
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Sure, the Cayman GTS has a bit more power (340 hp), and can hit a slightly higher top speed (177 mph vs. 174), and is just a tenth of a second quicker from zero to sixty. But one thing that the Cayman GTS is severely lacking in– is the convertible top. The fact that the Boxster GTS has the performance and is still a drop-top is incredible.
Besides– what’s the point of owning a Porsche if you can’t be seen in it?