Extra power for Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster GTS

The 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster GTS have had the wick turned up on their turbochargers

A flagship GTS model has been added to the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman line-ups, increasing power and adding new features.

The 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine has been tuned to 361bhp – 15bhp more than the 718 S models. It’s also 35bhp more than the previous-generation Boxster and Cayman GTS, which had a large six-cylinder engine, but no turbocharger.

Extra power has been found by optimising the all-important turbocharger and developing a new air intake manifold.

Purists will be pleased to note a manual gearbox comes as standard, with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch automatic available as an option. With PDK fitted, Porsche claims both cars accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.1 seconds, with a maximum speed of 180mph.

For such a thoroughbred sports car, fuel economy of 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 186g/km are also quite respectable.

You’ll be able to spot GTS models easily enough, thanks to black exterior trim and badges, dark-tinted bi-xenon headlights and rear light clusters, as well as 20-inch ‘satin-finished’ alloy wheels. Even the tailpipes are painted in a dark shade for a more menacing look.

Inside, the Sport Chrono pack is fitted as standard, adding a stopwatch to the dashboard. There are also sports seats finished in Alcantara, with ‘GTS’ embroidered into the headrests. The same grippy material covers the steering wheel, centre console and armrests.

Performance hardware includes Porsche Torque Vectoring to boost agility, while Porsche Active Suspension Management lowers the ride height by 10mm. Drivers will also be able to download the Porsche Track Precision App, allowing them to record driving data, with detailed displays for analysis.

Available to order now, the 718 Cayman GTS and 718 Boxster GTS cost around the £60,000 mark – £8,000 more than the S models. New owners will get the chance to attend Porsche’s Experience Centre at Silverstone to hone their high-speed driving skills and the first GTS deliveries should happen in December.

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