Porsche is about to up the ante with the Boxster and Cayman - our
spies have caught higher-performance GTS models winter testing in
Germany. Information about both models leaked late last year, but this
is our first opportunity to see them in the flesh.
Both the Cayman and Boxster GTS are virtually undisguised and look
almost production ready, so an official reveal can't be far away.
Noticeable changes for the GTS variants include a redesigned front
bumper and the addition of a rear diffuser for added downforce. The
Cayman can also be seen fitted with carbon ceramic brakes for the first
Mechanically, the Boxster GTS will use the 3.4-litre flat-six engine
from the S model, tuned to develop a round 15bhp more bringing the total
output up to 330bhp. The Cayman will use a more powerful version of the
same engine, with power up from 325bhp to around 340bhp.
Further upgrades are also likely to include 20-inch alloy wheels,
Porsche’s PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) and a manual
gearbox all fitted as standard – a PDK automatic ‘box should be offered
as an option.
An image from a Porsche dealer conference leaked online last year,
which revealed both models would make their world debuts in April –
indicating the New York or Beijing show will be their first point of
call. There is no official word on pricing, however, but around a £5,000
premium for both models is likely, with the Boxster and Cayman GTS
priced from approximately £53,000 and £55,000 respectively. For more details click here.