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Power Up: Porsche Unveils 718 Boxster And Cayman GTS For 2018

Power Up: Porsche Unveils 718 Boxster And Cayman GTS For 2018”

Porsche has taken the wraps off the new 718 GTS.

Revealed here in a series of official photographs ahead of a planned public debut at the Los Angeles auto show in late November, the roadster and coupe benefit from engine upgrades boosting output to 365 hp.

The maximum torque of 317lb ft is available from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. Porsche also points out that in peak power terms this is 35bhp more than the previous GTS models, although given these were based on the 981-generation cars, drawing comparisons with that car's melodious flat-six engine is perhaps unwise. Best of all, for those who still want to row their own gears, Porsche's six-speed manual is the standard box with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission available as an option.

With PDK equipped, Porsche estimates both the 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS to reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds-a tenth faster than the 718 S models.

By comparison, the earlier Boxster GTS with PDK gearbox boasted a 0-62 miles per hour time of 4.4 seconds and 173-mph (279-km/h) top speed, while the previous Cayman GTS offered figures of 4.3 seconds and 176 miles per hour (283 km/h). At the rear, the black theme is continued on the lights and badging, with centrally-exiting black exhaust tailpipes.

"The GTS logos at the bottom of the doors are, you guessed it, also black, as are the 20" wheels, which have a satin finish.

Inside, the cars get two-way power-adjustable Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with GTS logos on the headrests, along with Alcantara trim on the steering wheel, centre console and armrests. Among the additions are Porsche's "Sport Chrono Package" which is most notable for adding a clock to the dash and, Porsche's torque vectoring system with mechanical rear differential lock, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers the body by 10 millimetres.

The 718 GTS is now available to order and German pricing starts at €76,137 for the Cayman GTS and €78,160 for the Boxster GTS. Pricing for the 718 Cayman GTS starts at $79,800, with the 718 Boxster GTS checking in just a bit higher at $81,900.



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