July 07, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

Porsche Boxster and Cayman now in GTS form

More power and better handling is just what Porsche enthusiasts ordered. By Chris Ng


More power and better handling is just what Porsche enthusiasts ordered

 
Let’s get right to the meat. The GTS – short for Gran Turismo Sport – upgrades both the mid-engine Porsches in terms of engine power, chassis and handling. And if you care about the looks, well, the Boxster and Cayman also receives minor redesigns here and there.

The mid-engine sports cars are powered by the same 3.4-litre engine found in the Boxster S and Cayman S with the exception that it is boosted to produce an extra 15bhp and 10Nm. The numbers don’t seem much but it dips the weight-to-power ratio of the Cayman down to 3.95kg/bhp and 4.08kg/bhp for the Boxster. The new power enables the Boxster GTS to get to 100kph from zero in 4.7 seconds, the Cayman GTS is one-tenth faster than the convertible.

The Sports Chrono package comes as standard, which includes the dynamic transmission mounts that alters stiffness and damping according to the driving situation. When Sport Plus is activated, the PASM chassis also becomes stiffer and the sport exhaust system is dethrottled. The PASM chassis, in turn, drops the car 10mm closer to the floor to enable more stable handling. Optional Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) enhances the dynamics even further by improving steering response, steering precision and calculated braking of the inner rear wheel.

New aero attempts to differentiate the GTS and non-GTS models. New front-end with modified spoiler lip adds 30mm to the body’s length. The bi-xenon with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), LED daytime-running lights and the rear tail lights are smoked. With black being the contrast colour of the cars, you can expect the tail pipes, lower rear panel and air inlets to arrive in that dark shade.

Entry fee for the Boxster GTS is RM660,000 and the Cayman GTS is RM40,000 dearer at RM700,000. Prices quoted are inclusive of all duties but excluding registration fee, road tax and insurance. The sport cars do come with a four-year factory warranty and a four-year complimentary service maintenance package. 

CHRIS NG

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