|Porsche has announced two of its latest roadsters in the form of its popular variants, the Boxster and Cayman GTS. Both the Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS now get an uprated engine and specific chassis tuning. (click to enlarge)|
Building on the proven Boxster virtues of light weight, responsive handling and a charismatic flat-six engine, the GTS features an optimised version of the proven 3.4-liter engine which has been tuned to produce an additional 15 hp. The Boxster GTS thus develops 330 hp, and pulling power has also increased by ten newton meters to 370 Nm.
Exterior-wise, the 2014 Boxster GTS features subtle yet unmistakable visual clues to its identity. Purposeful black finish 20-inch diameter Carrera S alloy wheels, with 235/35 tyres at the front and 265/35 tyres at the rear, give a strong hint to the car’s intent. A distinctively-styled front spoiler and black finish Bi-Xenon headlights, with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as standard, present a new face, and from the rear exterior lettering in silky black gloss and a re-styled lower apron complete the picture.
Inside, there are sports seats and leather trim as standard. Like other GTS variants (Cayenne, Panamera), the Boxster and Cayman GTS are refined with Alcantara elements.
Further emphasizing the distinctive character of the GTS is the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. These offer the driver the opportunity to not only modify the damper stiffness, but also subtly change the throttle characteristics of the engine. In conjunction with the optional Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the Launch Control function, engaged via the Sport Plus button, enables the Boxster GTS to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, 0.3 secs quicker than the standard Boxster S PDK. This impressive stats is made possible by a stiffen engine mounting and an optional sports chassis configuration that lowers the ride by 20mm.
With the standard manual six-speed transmission, the GTS is the first Boxster to offer the potential to top the 280 km/h threshold; the roadster actually reaches 281 km/h, while the Sports Coupe goes up to 285 km/h. For consumption, the PDK and manual versions adhere to 8.2 l/100 km and 9.0l/km, respectively.
The Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS combine top driving dynamics with the typical Porsche spread with undiminished ride comfort and exclusive features. For example, the combination of PASM and the Sport Chrono package as standard enables the driver to switch between progressive sportiness on the one hand and long-distance comfort on the other hand at the press of a button.
The Boxster and Cayman GTS are scheduled to arrive in this country in the last quarter of the year.