Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS revealed in Beijing

19 Apr, 2014 5:00pm Jonathan Burn

Porsche unleashes ultimate Boxster and Cayman GTS models, featuring 15bhp power increase

Porsche’s hardcore GTS line-up – which currently consists of the Cayenne and the Panamera – is about to double in size, with the addition of new Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models. The Boxster GTS is pictured making its public debut at the Beijing Motor Show 2014.

Speaking in Beijing, Porsche president and CEO Matthias Muller said of the new GTS models: "They will be the pinnacle of the line – the most powerful cars to wear their badges – and will set new dynamic standards for their class. This badge is used only for the most special Porsches and they wlll live up to that tradition."

The high-spec new versions of the roadster and coupe will become the most powerful cars in their respective ranges. They will share the 3.4-litre flat-six boxer engine, which has been tuned to develop a further 15bhp and 10Nm of torque over those used in the Boxster S and Cayman S. That means the Boxster GTS will deliver 325bhp and 370Nm of torque, and the Cayman GTS 335bhp and 380Nm of torque.

Distinctive visual tweaks will set the newcomers apart, including darkened front bumper inserts, 20-inch alloy wheels and bi-xenon headlights. The lettering on the back of both models has also been changed to gloss black, while inside, both cars get leather sports seats and Alcantara details as standard.

The GTS models also feature Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package and Active Suspension Management (PASM). The systems allow drivers to modify the damper stiffness and alter the throttle response of the engine for a more focused drive. Dynamic engine mounts offered as part of the Sport Chrono Package automatically stiffen under hard acceleration, braking or cornering to keep the body flat.

Porsche Boxster GTS 2014 rear

With the optional seven-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox, both cars’ 0-62mph sprint times are cut by three-tenths of a second over the standard S models’, to 4.7 seconds. Top speed also increases marginally, with the Boxster GTS hitting 174mph and the Cayman GTS promising to top out at 177mph.

Porsche is claiming fuel economy of 34.4mpg with the PDK gearbox and 31.4mpg with the six-speed manual.

Prices for the Boxster GTS start at £52,879, with the Cayman GTS starting at £55,397.

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You could at least get the BHP's right... I mean it's clear on the Porsche website isn't it?

Slow cars.

Get a Dacia. More MPH per £ ratio.

But do they have a limited slip diff? Still, it's good to see Porsche showing the competition that turbochargers are not a requisite feature.

With a six speed manual, this has to be one of the best cars on sale today, with or without a roof.

Another fake effort by Porsche in an attempt to sell cars at a higher price point! After the X51 that does nothing on the 991 although it is supposed to increase the engine power by 30bhp (both the standard S and the X51 S were tested new and after a few thousand miles on a rolling road by the French magazine Sport Auto and results were identical), now they have given us the GTS that barely scratches the surface of what can be done with a Cayman or a Boxter with a ridiculous 5% power increase and similarly ridiculous torque increase! Seems that if you want the real mean machine, you still have to go buy it from RUF and get the Cayman or the Boxter with the 991 Carrera S engine in it, that is +100bhp and it becomes faster than the 991. Or maybe wait until Autofarm comes up with a Cayman GT3 like they did with the previous generation of Cayman! As a Porsche lover and owner I find it quite sad to see Porsche doing tons of limited editions, some more ridiculous than others or, deliberately making the Cayman/Boxter a slower car so that it won't compete with the 911. I am convinced that, in a world where most manufacturers tend to maximize profits with special editions and minor tweaks (and parts that don't last but that is another subject) there is a big market for products made as good as possible from day 1 even if there is a premium to pay for that ... even in China (their largest market)! I also strongly believe that playing the game Porsche is playing now might backfire if they push it too far and, once you hurt your brand, it is very very hard to put it back on track.