As if the 718 twins weren’t already grin-inducing performers, Porsche has given us 15 more reasons to love both the Boxster and Cayman and it’s summed up in three letters: GTS. New for 2018, the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman GTS models offer a host of visual and performance enhancements, and yes, that includes an extra 15 horsepower. The increase is courtesy of a new intake plenum and a tweaked turbo that push total GTS output to 365 horsepower, which is 35 more than previous GTS offerings.
Torque also goes up to 317 pound-feet, and is available from a broad 1,900 to 5,000 revs. Best of all, for those who still want to row their own gears, Porsche’s six-speed manual is the standard box with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission available as an option.
With such upgrades, Porsche says both GTS models can run 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, en route to a 180-mph top speed. Performance is further enhanced with features like the company’s Active Suspension System and Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential, both of which come standard on the GTS.
The extra hustle is accompanied by the expected suite of visual upgrades as well. A sport front fascia is flanked by tinted indicator lamps and taillights. The darkened theme is continued with a black lower rear fascia, black exhaust tips, black 20-inch wheels, and black badging around each model. Inside, GTS drivers will enjoy the centrally mounted chronometer as part of the Sport Chrono Package, which is standard equipment. Seat centers get the Alcantara treatment, along with the center console armrest, door armrests, and steering wheel rim. Seat headrests get embroidered GTS logos.
Everybody likes more power and a bit more bling, but how much extra will GTS models cost? Pricing for the 718 Cayman GTS starts at $79,800, with the 718 Boxster GTS checking in just a bit higher at $81,900. For the record, that’s roughly a $10,000 premium over the base price for each model in S trim, though once you include the optional extras that are standard on the GTS, the price jump isn't so dramatic.
Porsche says both the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS are available for order right now, with deliveries expected to begin in March 2018.
Gallery: 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS
Sharper design, greater performance – the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS Models
More power, exclusive equipment
ATLANTA, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche is expanding the mid-engine 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman model lines with new GTS models. A newly developed intake plenum and an optimized turbocharger increases the output of the 2.5 liter flat-four cylinder engine to 365 horsepower. 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 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 (10 millimeters) compared to the standard suspension on other 718 Boxster and Cayman models.
Increased performance with more power
The maximum torque of up to 317 lb-ft (309 lb-ft on manual transmission models) is available across a broad power band from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm (1,900 to 5,500 rpm on manual transmission models) and further improves acceleration. When equipped with the optional PDK transmission both GTS models are capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The top track speed is 180 mph.
Characteristic GTS: black accents inside and out
The GTS models set themselves apart through distinct visual differences. The Sport Design front fascia underscores the performance of the car. 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 make the GTS models stand out. Black GTS designations on the doors and matte black 20-inch wheels complete the particularly dynamic appearance.
Interior: Standard Alcantara® and Porsche Track Precision App
The interior is also pure GTS. The chronometer of the standard Sport Chrono Package is centrally 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.
Market availability and pricing
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 — excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee — is as follows:
718 Cayman GTS $79,800
718 Boxster GTS