The racing-inspired Porsche Boxster GTS serves as the pinnacle variant within the company’s mid-engined roadster range.
It sure wears an evocative nameplate – the Gran Turismo Sport moniker harking to the likes of the 904 Carrera GTS of the 1960s. But a grand tourer in the traditional sense this is not.
Revealed in March last year for a number of months now, the boss Boxster gets more power, specific chassis and suspension tuning and some cabin upgrades.
It’s the fastest and most powerful Boxster and the familiar 3.4-litre naturally aspirated flat six has been tuned to produce an extra 11kW of power (now 243kW at 6700rpm) and 10Nm of torque (370Nm between 4500 and 5800rpm) over the the Boxster S.
It also includes a Sport Plus mode that adds yet more edge to the throttle response, adds resistance to the electric-assisted steering and includes a Launch Control function for lightning getaways. The 0-100km/h sprint time is 4.7 seconds, 0.3s faster than a standard Boxster S with the PDK.
It also puts the PDK into a pseudo-race mode and gives the exhaust note a savage bark with a properly nasty — good nasty, not bad nasty — crackle and burble on the overrun, and adds a classy digital/analogue lap-time stopwatch.
Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2015