The 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS and 2015 Cayman GTS have been unveiled, adding a new premium model to both car lineups. The Boxster and Cayman GTS have been designed to elevate the performance of the already acclaimed vehicles, which will feel equally at home on the road and the racetrack.
Though they may be the two lowest models in the Porsche lineup, the increased power of the Boxter and Cayman GTS has given them performance which rivals the higher spec 911. Their 3.4 liter flat-six engines have been given a boost of 15 horsepower and 7 lb.-ft of torque each. This puts the Boxter GTS at a total of 330 horsepower, or 340 horsepower for the Cayman GTS.
Shifting through either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK double clutch transmission, the new Porsche GTS models will give all competition a run for their money. With the Cayman GTS getting from 0-60 in just 4.3 seconds – and the Boxter GTS taking only a tenth of a second longer – they actually accelerate quicker than the standard 911, and with top speeds of over 170 mph, reach nearly the same top speed. With Porsche's active suspension system and sports seats, the Boxter and Cayman GTS will look to improve on their already impressive handling.
Like other GTS badged Porsche cars, the Boxter and Cayman GTS come with exterior modifications to differentiate themselves from the base models. The cars have Bi-Xenon headlights with blacked out housings, and comes with the Porsche Dynamic Light System to evenly illuminate the road at night. The blackened features continue through the rear with the standard sport exhaust, which features a black finish, finished off with black front and rear fascias. The Boxter and Cayman GTS will both sit on 20 inch wheels from the Carrera S, measuring 235mm wide in the front and 265mm in the rear.
Pricing for the Boxter GTS and Cayman GTS, as you could guess, jumps well above the base models. With the Boxter GTS starting at $73,500 and the Cayman GTS priced at $75,200, both will carry a 50 percent premium over their respective base models. In fact, the price is dangerously close to the standard Carrera, the longtime Porsche flagship model. However, it looks as though the value actually stands with the Boxter and Cayman, rather than the 911.
Rather than looking at the new GTS models as hopped up base models, look at them instead as direct competitors to the standard Carrera. The GTS models will cost around $10k less than the 911, and in short distances will actually outrun the more powerful Carrera. Furthermore, with the GTS badge comes a sense of premium, top of the line quality, which require a price hike for the 911.
At first glance it may seem ludicrous to pay a 50 percent premium for an entry level Porsche, but upon further inspection, it might actually be the better value for those looking to buy a higher spec car. When the Porsche Boxter GTS and Cayman GTS start getting delivered this summer, expect them to be in high demand.