Porsche Boxster 718 GTS

Porsche Boxster 718 GTS

Porsche Australia has announced that two new models, from the opposite ends of the scale, are coming Downunder next year:

The Porsche 718 Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe are now offered in high-performance GTS variants.

The updated turbocharged 2.5-litre, GTS four-cylinder boxer engine produces 269 kW, up 26 kW over the previous GTS models with their naturally aspirated engine. Maximum torque is there between 1900 and 5000 rpm.

They are sold in six-speed manual gearbox format, or optional Porsche DoppelKupplung (PDK) for a crazy $5,980 extra.

With PDK and the Sport Chrono Package the GTS models accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and have a top speed of 290 km/h.

718 Boxster GTS

718 Boxster GTS

The GTS 718s gain sports features previously available as options; including Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers the body by 10 millimetres.

Visually, there’s a new Sport Design front bumper, front light clusters and Bi-Xenon headlights are black-tinted. Tinted taillights, black logos, black rear lower bumper and centrally positioned black tailpipes of the standard sports exhaust give the GTS an aggressive appearance.

Black GTS logos at the base of the doors and 20-inch wheels painted in a black-satin finish look stunning.

718 Cayman GTS

718 Cayman GTS

The sports seats Plus with GTS logos on the headrests can be electrically adjusted two ways and provide increased lateral support and comfort compared to the standard 718 S models. The interior features Alcantara on the steering wheel trim, centre console and armrests.

The 718 Boxster GTS is priced at $175,900, and 718 Cayman GTS at $173,100 plus on-road costs. They are available to order now and will arrive in dealerships around March 2018.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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