Porsche’s claim that the GTS variants of its new 718 Boxster and Cayman are a “value proposition for the performance enthusiast,” may sound contradictory to the fact that they are the most expensive 718 Boxster and Cayman versions; but, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Like the Boxster S and the Cayman S, both the 718s have the 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four powerplant under the hood.
However, with some changes to the intake manifold and the turbocharger’s compressor wheel, Porsche has managed to improve the overall output to 365 HP and 317 pound-feet of torque, but that’s with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission version; as far as the six-speed manual shift is concerned, the torque comes down to 309, which is still pretty decent.
Now, if you compare the PDK transmission version of the Porsche Boxster GTS with an equivalent Boxster S, the increase in horsepower is by 15 units and the torque pound-feet by 8 – thanks to the improvised engine.
Also, despite the Boxster GTS weighing in 44 pounds heavier than the Boxster S, it can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the 4.2 seconds that the ‘S’ takes to get to that 60mph mark.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis that reduces ride height by 10mm is a standard feature in all GTS models, and so are the 20-inch Carrera S wheels, boasting 235/35 and 265/35 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires in the front and rear, respectively.
Add to that, Porsche’s torque-vectoring system and bigger brakes and you have a combination of all the good things that make a good car.
Talking about brakes, you won’t have to look beyond the 911 Carrera to know where those 13-inch stoppers on the front wheels are coming from.
The optional PASM – a more rigid Sports suspension system capable of reducing ride level by a further 10mm – costs an additional $290, which is not much of a price to pay for a decent upgrade.
However, it will cost you nearly 26 times as much if you decide to go for the $7,400 carbon ceramic brakes upgrade on your 718 Boxster GTS, instead of the standard stuff.
While upgrades are good – if that’s what you want and are okay to pay for it – the included standard features on the 718 Boxster GTS do the job pretty well.
A lot has been said about the sound the turbocharged flat-four engine generates, which, needless to say, has been mostly negative.
However, it’s a subjective matter and many potential buyers may even like the deep roar from the exhaust – it’s different but, definitely, Porsche.
As far as the interior is concerned, the 718 GTS Boxster appears to be pretty much the same as the Cayman, apart from the roof.
While the Porsche Sports Seats Plus on the GTS models are great in terms of comfort and support, they are not full power seats like the $2,300 14-way power seats, or the $3,000 18-way types available on the market.
Honestly, Porsche may have missed a trick here, because an additional $2,000-3,000 wouldn’t have really mattered to someone who’s buying an 80,000-plus car.
Having said that, the 718 GTS Boxster’s interior is pretty classy-looking and made from high-quality durable materials, including Alcantara and suede that covers most of the interior.
Apart from the partial Alcantara covered seats and some design details that are specific to the GTS models, most of the other features on the 718 GTS Boxster can be integrated into the Boxster S, as well.
The touchscreen interface of the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system here is top-class as far as responsiveness and ease of menu navigation are concerned.
While Apple CarPlay is standard, Porsche’s averseness to Android Auto, for some reason, continues.
- Climate control
- Porsche torque vectoring
- Two-way power sports seats
- 20-inch Carrera S alloy wheels
- 6-speaker audio system with 11GB music storage
- Park assist and cruise control
- Power steering plus
- Ceramic composite brakes
- PASM (sports)
- LED dynamic headlights
Other differentiating features of the GTS models include visual upgrades like contrasting stitches, contrasting-colored seat belts, headrests with the GTS logo embedded in them, as well as carbon fiber interior trim.
At a base price of $82,800, the 718 Boxster GTS may seem to be a bit on the higher side but it’s still cheaper than upgrading your 718 Boxster S with GTS features, which would still not give you the added boost of the GTS powerplant.