In anticipation of Porsche’s hot new range of sports car series – Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has officially launched the Boxster and Cayman models in the GTS form yesterday. First unveiled last year at the Beijing International Auto Exhibition, the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS are the brand’s latest addition to the more driver-centric GTS line-up as introduced in the 911, Cayenne and Panamera iterations.
Evoking a significantly strong appeal, the Boxster and Cayman GTS are a testament of Porsche’s emphasis on building authentic sport cars that deliver both race track performance and everyday usability. Sporting improved performance and handling dynamics, both these new sports vehicles are listed at RM 660,000 and RM 700,000 respectively, before optional extras.
Nevertheless – the additional price tag doesn’t only get you more serious performance, but standard equipment like Sport Chrono pack, Sports exhaust system, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PVT) which are optional extras on the standard Boxster and Cayman line. In addition, the GTS also sits 10mm lower than standard to provide even higher levels of handling performance and 20-inch wheels to match on the looks department.
At Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and has cultivated outstanding performance ever since it was first introduced on the 904 Carrera GTS in 1963. Today, the GTS principle has become the emblem for racetrack performance and incredible sportiness on everyday drives. It is only logical for it to eventually adorn another mid-engine sports car, this time the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.
“The GTS concept has already been implemented in the 911, Cayenne and Panamera. And now the very same concept adorns the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, both lightweight mid-engined sports cars, making it possible for customers to enjoy superior race track performance with uncompromising everyday utility and comfort,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP.
In the new GTS models, Porsche is implementing the two most powerful engines that have ever been used in a production Boxster or Cayman. Both are sports car engines that combine ample torque with high power output at higher revs. They deliver what the GTS insignia promises: a high level of spontaneity cultivated high-revving responsiveness up to the limit of 7,800 rpm and harmonious power curve over the entire engine speed range.
The flat six-cylinder engines of the new top models are based on the 3.4-litre engines of the Boxster S and Cayman S. They deliver 15 hp (11 kW) more power due to fine tuning, including optimised management of the combustion process by variable control of the intake camshaft to provide valve timing adjustment (VarioCam Plus). This means that the Boxster GTS now has an output of 330 hp (243 kW), while the Cayman GTS delivers 340 hp (250 kW). Nominal torque has also been increased by ten Newton metres and is available in the range from 4,500 rpm to 5,800 rpm for the Boxster GTS and from 4,750 rpm to 5,800 rpm for the Cayman GTS – ideal for powerful gear transitions during acceleration. This boost in performance drives the weight-to-power ratio of the Cayman GTS below the four kilograms per hp (3.95 kg/hp) barrier; the Boxster GTS is also close to this barrier with 4.08 kg/hp.
Both mid-engine sports cars are equipped with the Sport Chrono package as standard. The results: in conjunction with the Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and active Sport Plus button, the Boxster GTS sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, and the Cayman GTS is one-
tenth of a second faster.
As for the maximum speed – measured with the standard manual six-speed transmission – this new roadster is the first Boxster to top the 280 km/h mark, reaching a speed of 281 km/h. The sports coupé is even faster at 285 km/h. The new mid-engine two-seaters from Porsche attain a combined fuel consumption value of 8.2 l/100 km with PDK.
Distinctively – the GTS range specs a more menacing outlooks by incorporating Black as the dominating contrast colour on both the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. For instance, the roof rails of the coupé two-seater are high-gloss black. The rear is styled with smoked tail lights, black-finish tailpipes and a black lower rear panel in diffuser look with closed fins.
The most prominent formal difference is the entirely new front-end with modified spoiler lip. The new nose is responsible for the 30 mm longer body. It highlights the extended lines of the two-seater even more. The three larger, black air inlets are also striking. In addition to their two side radiators, both the sports coupé and the roadster have a heat exchanger in the middle.
Words: Qhalis Najmi | Photos: HazNajims