Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS: Two More Reasons not to Buy a 911
The Porsche Cayman S is arguably the best Porsche to be had under $130,000. And, few cars can best the Porsche Boxster S in terms of speedy, open-top motoring enjoyment. Both cars (and their non-S base-variants) are superbly balanced, incredibly well-built, easy to use (despite the astonishing excess of buttons in the cabin) and deliver pure driving joy on the track, freeway or twisty back road. But, now there are hardcore versions of the two entry-level Porsches, the Porsche Boxster GTS and Porsche Cayman GTS.
With starting prices of $62,100 and $63,800, 0 to 60 mph times of 4.8 seconds and 4.7 seconds and top speeds of 173 mph and 175 mph, the Boxster S and Cayman S, respectively, are already two very good reasons not to buy a $96,200 Carrera S Cabriolet (0-60 in 4.8 seconds, 177mph) or a $84,300 base Porsche 911 (0-60 in 4.6 seconds, 179 mph). For the $20K+ price gulf you could buy a Porsche Cayman S and a Volkswagen Tiguan to haul whatever crap you might have.
To be completely honest, I’m really not sure why anyone buys any 911 lower than a (moderately flammable) GT3 for any reason. There are just so many other, better cars in that price range (or way cheaper)… Corvette Stingray, Nissan GT-R, SRT Viper, BMW M3, BMW i8, Audi R8. The list goes on and on and on. Now with the new Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, there’s really no excuse to even look at a naturally aspirated Porsche 911. Here’s why.
First off the Porsche Boxster GTS and Porsche Cayman GTS are waaaaaay better looking than a 911 (with or without a roof). The 2014 Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman are already beautiful cars, and the GTS take their good looks one step further. These are stunning, stunning cars. Inside, you’re not losing much if you opt for a Boxster GTS or Cayman GTS, either. Fit and finish are great. You get all sorts of over-priced options. Sure, there’s no back seat, but the 911’s rear seats are only glorified briefcase holders anyway.
Once you look under the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS’ hoods (read: mid-car engine cover), you can forget that there was ever a 911 to begin with. The Porsche Boxster S gets a tuned version of the 3.4-liter flat six from the S. It puts out 330 horse and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Porsche Cayman GTS also boasts an enhanced 3.4-liter flat-six. Only in the Cayman GTS, it produces 340 horse and 280 pound-feet of torque. Basically, the engine tunes result in a 15 hp and 7 pound-feet gain over the S versions. AND, unlike in the 911s, both the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS come standard with the Sport Chrono package and adjustable suspension.
Power will be routed through a standard six-speed manual transmission (Yay!!!!). For those lazy of left foot, a seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch is optional. Activate the launch control and the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS become absolute rocket ships. The jog from 0-60 mph comes in 4.4 seconds for the Boxster GTS and 4.3 seconds for the Cayman GTS.
So, what does all of this 911-who awesomeness cost? Are the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS still viable values compared to their big brother? Starting at $73,500 for the Boxster GTS and $75,200 for the Cayman GTS (plus $995 destination charge), yes… yes, they are. Deliveries will start this summer. I hope to have more info on these babies soon, but until then check out the press release below.
Porsche Boxster GTS and Porsche Cayman GTS Press Release
GTS insignia graces mid-engine Porsche sports car for the first time since 1963 Porsche introduces Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models
Atlanta. For the first time, the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman will be offered as GTS models. As is typical for Porsche, these models feature more powerful engines and additional standard performance equipment. The new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models are visually defined by more than just a badge: they offer as standard equipment unique front and rear fascias, blacked out Bi-XenonTM headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), 20-inch Carrera S wheels and a sport exhaust system with black tailpipes as standard. The Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS are built specifically for maximum driving pleasure.
The 3.4-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine of the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models delivers an additional 15 hp compared to their “S” model counterparts. This means that the Boxster GTS has 330 hp and the Cayman GTS has 340 hp. Torque has been increased by 7 lb.-ft. in each model: 273 lb.-ft. in the Boxster GTS and 280 lb.-ft. in the Cayman GTS. The Sport Chrono package is now a standard feature with either the 6-speed manual or the optional 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission. This means with the optional PDK transmission and Sport Plus button activated, the Boxster GTS reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds and 4.3 seconds in the Cayman GTS. Top track speed for the Boxster GTS is 174 mph with a manual transmission and 177 mph for a Cayman GTS equipped with a manual transmission.
The Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS feature Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard, which offers the choice of sportier or more comfortable ride settings at the press of a button. The 235/35 front and 265/35 rear tires on 20-inch Carrera S wheels provide the perfect setup for a balanced driving experience. Like other Porsche GTS models, the interior of the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS feature an Alcantara® wrapped steering wheel, headliner, center console, and inserts on the standard Sport Seats Plus. Additional visual elements include GTS nomenclature embroidered into the headrests and printed on the tachometer face.
A specific standard of performance and uniqueness is required to wear the GTS badge. For example, the legendary 1963 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS was dominant on the racetrack and a spectacle on the street. The 1980s and 1990s saw the 924 GTS and 928 GTS refine this characteristic. In 2007 the GTS emblem was reintroduced on the Cayenne GTS and later implemented in the 911 and Panamera model lines.
The Boxster GTS is priced from $73,500 and the Cayman GTS is priced from $75,200, excluding destination charges of $995. Both models will be available for delivery this summer.