After a one year hiatus and following a significant refresh of company’s entry-level sports cars for 2017, a tweaked and tuned GTS variant returns to 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman lineup, equipping cars with a more aggressive appearance, improved performance and added equipment. Aside from GTS lettering glued to cars’ rumps and embroidered on front seat head restraints, visual cues include a Sport Design front end, tinted lighting elements, black model designations and center-exit exhaust tips and a black lower rear bumper. Black, matte-finish 20 inch wheels complete the look, fronting red brake calipers.

More horsepower and more torque with PDK

Mounted amidships, a turbocharged 2,5 liter flat 4 cylinder engine continues, equipped with modifications that extract an added 15 hp for a total of 365 hp. Torque is unchanged with standard 6 speed manual gearbox, measuring 309 lb-ft. With optional 7 speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, twist climbs to 317 lb-ft. A Porsche Torque Vectoring mechanical rear differential lock, Porsche Active Suspension Management with a lowered ride height, a center-exit Porsche Sport Exhaust system and a Sport Chrono Package are all standard for 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS. According to Porsche, with PDK, 718 GTS twins can accelerate to 60 mph in 3,9 seconds, shaving a tenth of a second from slightly less muscular S models. Top speed is 3 mph higher, rising to 180 mph.

Alcantara, embroidery and smartphone apps

Centrally mounted on top of dashboard, a chronometer signals the inclusion of  Sport Chrono Pack, which maximizes performance. Equip car with an optional navigation system and Connect Plus service package and as part of Sport Chrono Pack a Porsche Track Precision App transfers driving data from closed-course track events from the car to the owner’s smartphone. Upgraded Sport Seats Plus are standard, upholstered in Alcantara suede with leather trim and “GTS” embroidered lettering. Alcantara also covers steering wheel, door panels and center console armrest.

Loaded 718 S, PDK-equipped 718 GTS, or basic 911 Carrera?

When these cars go on sale in March of 2018, 718 Cayman GTS will start at $79’800, before factoring in the $1’050 destination charge. 718 Boxster GTS convertible costs an additional $2’100. You will also need PDK transmission for maximum engine output and fastest acceleration capability and that’s another $3’730, bringing price to nearly 85 grand before adding so much as metallic paint. Still, you will be spending thousands less than what it would take to get into a stripped down 911 Carrera, which is also slower than 718 GTS. So, what’s it going to be? The classic 911 with no extras? The more elemental and better performing 718 GTS? Or a 718 in S specification, with PDK and thousands left over to custom tailor car to your personal preferences? No matter which way you go, one thing is certain, it won’t be cheap.

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