The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 has been launched in India. The Cayman GTS has been priced at Rs 1.46 core while the Boxster GTS gets a sticker price of Rs 1.49 crore. These new GTS models have been positioned between the standard 718 Cayman and Boxster models and the track-focused Cayman GT4 and Spyder models.
- Porsche Cayman and Boxster GTS are powered by 400hp, 4.0-litre flat-six engine
- GTS models are more road-focused than track-focused GT4/Spyder
- Porsche 718 range in India now includes standard, GTS and GT4 models
Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS: powertrain and underpinnings
The Cayman and Boxster GTS mid-engined sportscars are powered by a 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated, flat-six petrol engine. Notably, the flat-six engine has been brought back to the GTS range unlike the previous iteration of the GTS models that were powered by a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder flat-four engine, although they were never offered on sale in India. The last iteration of the Cayman and Boxster GTS models that were on sale here were powered by a 3.4-litre, naturally aspirated, flat-six engine.
Incidentally, this engine is also offered on the aforementioned Cayman GT4 and Spyder models in India. However, compared to the 420hp and 420Nm outputs on the GT4-spec 718s, here in the GTS models, this engine produces 400hp and 420Nm of peak torque. Porsche says both these cars have been designed with everyday usability in mind. The power is also produced at slightly lower revs than the track-focused models, with the redline for the GTS engine being 200rpm lower than the GT4’s motor, topping out at 7,800rpm.
The engine comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox on both models. The torque output of the engine rises to 430Nm when paired with the PDK gearbox. Porsche claims the Cayman and Boxster GTS can both sprint from 0 to 100kph in 4.5sec – just one-tenth down on that of the Cayman GT4 and Spyder. Top-speed is pegged at 293kph. The engine also notably features adaptive cylinder control, which shuts down half the cylinders at low engine loads to aid fuel economy.
The 718 GTS 4.0 models feature Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system and a lower ride height by 20mm over the base Cayman and Boxster. It’s 30mm in case of the GT4 models. Another notable highlight is Porsche’s torque vectoring system that comes as standard fitment. The GTS models also get upgraded brakes over the standard cars and the sports exhaust system from the GT4 and Spyder.
Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS: exterior and interior highlights
Compared to the standard models, cosmetic updates on the Cayman and Boxster GTS are subtle, yet tasteful. Both models get a GTS-specific front bumper with dark contrast detailing on the spoiler lip and larger air intakes. The rear bumper also gets a similar dark contrasting treatment with two exhaust outlets at either ends. Additionally, it gets tinted front and rear light lenses, ‘GTS 4.0’ badging on the doors and 20-inch satin black wheels.
On the inside, GTS-specific touches include the use of Alcantara on the steering wheel and the sports seats, and ‘GTS’ logo on headrests. It also gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. The GTS models continue with analogue dials for the instrument cluster, which are still quite a delight.
Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS: rivals
The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS do not have any direct rivals in the mid-engined sportscar segment in India. Their price puts them bang in the middle of the base 718 Cayman and Boxster, priced at Rs 1.25 crore and Rs 1.29 crore, respectively, and the GT4 and Spyder, priced at Rs 1.63 crore and Rs 1.60 crore, respectively. The Porsche 718 range, however, rivals the likes of Jaguar F-type and the BMW Z4 in India.
All prices, ex-showroom, India
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