Porsche Recreates A Legend With New Boxster And Cayman GTS

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The Porsche name is a legend unto itself, responsible for creating some of the most iconic sports and racing cars in the history of the automobile. But even throughout the pantheon of Porsche lore, the letters GTS carry a certain clout for enthusiasts. They first appeared about the legendary 904 Carrera GTS of 1963, resurfaced in the front-engined 924 GTS and 928 GTS, then disappeared from the scene for another number of decades before Porsche brought it back for even sportier-oriented versions of the Cayenne, Panamera, and 911. And now it’s applying the legendary letters once again for the latest, most desirable versions in the Boxster and Cayman.

Both of these models, for those unfamiliar, represent the entry level of Porsche’s lineup – the Boxster as the convertible and the Cayman as its fixed-roof counterpart. However in their latest iterations, they emerged from the shadow of their big brother, the 911, to stand on their own four wheels as highly capable and lust-worthy sportscars all on their own. The GTS versions only serve to ensure they even more so.

Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS

What sets these GTS models apart from the Boxster Cayman and S S is much more power and upgraded equipment. The 3.4-liter boxer six engine has been upgraded by 15 horsepower and seven pounds per foot of torque to produce 330 hp and 273 lb-ft in the Boxster GTS, and 340 hp and 280 lb-ft within the Cayman GTS. Unlike the enthusiast’s favorite 911 GT3 – which can be only available having a dual-clutch transmission in its current, combustible version – the Boxster and Cayman GTS can be had with a six-speed manual transmission.

But they are even quicker using their seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with launch control initiated through the Sport Plus button: the Boxster GTS will rocket from -60 in 4.4 seconds and top out at 174 miles per hour, even though the Cayman GTS (with a little more power and a little less weight) will do a similar in 4.3 seconds en path to its 177 mph top speed.

Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS

Not long ago, those are figures would have belonged only to a six-figure supercar, but the Boxster GTS is priced at $73,500 as well as the Cayman GTS at $75,200 (plus an obligatory $995 destination charge). That makes both of them about ten grand a lot more than the existing S versions, but about the same amount less than a 911 Carrera – with only ten fewer horsepower to exhibit for it.

For the price, you also receive the otherwise optional Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management system as standard, and also 21-inch wheels, blacked-out trim, and an interior fitted with Sports Seats Plus and swathed in Alcantara. You will get all of that, along with the clout of owning and driving what is argued to get the finest compact mid-engined sportscar Porsche makes to date.