There is an old saying. Never do anything creative or cool by committee as it usually ends up being a watered down and ineffective version of what you want. Porsche however have a differing thought; it’s all about the Committee and their new baby. The Porsche Boxster/Cayman GTS[Not a valid template]
Since the Porsche Boxster/Cayman first appeared in showrooms nearly 20 years ago for the Boxster (yes it has been that long), the mid-engined two-seater has established itself as the benchmark in the segment. Yes it’s on the expensive side of the coin, however the cars abilities have never been found wanting. In fact, the general consensus was that it was always missing something. Hampered and held back by that older brother in the corner. You know the one. The car that shouldn’t work, engine in the back, hopped up Beetle etc. Thankfully for you and I though, Porsche are beginning to see the light and today the new Boxster/Cayman GTS, has been announced.
Ok, it’s not a Clubsport, however that model from what we understand might actually happen. The GTS does take a lovely step in the right direction, with an enhanced driving experience, uprated power plants and those secret herbs and spices; chassis tuning.
Building on a sound base, the GTS features an optimised version of the proven 3.4-litre engine which has been tuned to produce an additional 15 hp. To the driver, that means 330bhp and an extra ten newton metres of twist taking it up to 370 Nm.
Throw in the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the driver now has the opportunity to not only modify the damper stiffness, but also subtly change the throttle characteristics of the engine. In conjunction with the optional Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the Launch Control function – engaged via the Sport Plus button – the Boxster/Cayman GTS will accelerate from 100kph in 4.7/4.6 seconds.
With the standard manual six-speed transmission (YAH!), the GTS is the first Boxster/Cayman to offer the potential to top out on the high side of 280kph (A tickle more for the Cayman) . Sounds good so far right?
We will have to stand quietly in the corner with our hands up hoping that Porsche throw the keys our way to be able to bring you more news on this potentially interesting little package.
Now. Where is that Clubsport?