Porsche Boxster and Cayman get a GTS-shaped kick

Porsche is expanding its mid-engine sports car range with the new two-seater 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS

The Porsche 718, in both Cayman and convertible Boxster variants, is a genuinely good and fast vehicle, but some say they just don't have the classic character of the old 6-cylinder models.

In the past GTS has come to mean high performance, and this isn't changing.

Both 718 GTS models are powered by the turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder boxer engine that generates 365 horsepower.

Maximum torque is available between 1,900 and 5,000rpm meaning shunt is available pretty much whenever you put your foot down.

Under the skin, the 718 GTS range gets a host of features that are usually optional, including the Sports Chrono Package, a mechanical rear differential lock with Porsche Torque Vectoring, and Porsche Active Suspension Management - which lowers the ride height by 10mm.

The new 718 GTS cars follow in the footsteps of the 911 GTS, so there's a bit more bhp, plus some bespoke interior details and more performance parts as standard.

The GTS is marked out by a revised front end, with black-tinted lenses over the Bi-Xenon LED headlights.

At the rear, the tinted tail lights, black logos, black rear lower bumper and centrally positioned black tail- pipes of the standard sports exhaust give the GTS its unique appearance. A set of 20-inch black satin wheels complete the look.

As any GTS vehicle should (we're looking at you, 911 GTS), the sports seats and interior are trimmed with a healthy dose of alcantara, and Porsche's "Track Precision App" can record your track day laps and driving data straight to your phone. Drivers with a particular passion for sport benefit from the Porsche Track Precision App (PTPA), which enables the driver to automatically record, display and analyse driving data on their smartphone. Especially in the case of the new 718 GTS, the trim also serves as a conglomerate of existing order sheet options on the regular vehicle, providing an easy way of outfitting your Cayman or Boxster with the best factory performance bits available without having to piece together a high-spec 718 from scratch.

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