Overview: 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS
By Winding Road Staff
January 01, 2014
This is the overview page for the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. Rumors, news, reviews, road tests, specifications, videos, awards, and other relevant information will all be included here as they become available.
Not long ago, the Boxster and Cayman got saddled with the reputation as the Porsche 911 for buyers who couldn't quite afford a Porsche 911. When the latest generation of the 911's mid-engined little brother was unveiled two years ago, that conversation started to change - in some ways, the Boxster and Cayman were seen as even better handling cars than their 911 brethren. Still, a lack of horsepower and the sophisticated technologies offered on 911 has kept the Boxster and Cayman a notch below in the Porsche lineup. However, that line is starting to blur with the introduction of the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.
The first mid-engined Porsche to wear the GTS badge since the 904 Carrera of 1963, the new car starts off life as an S model Boxster or Cayman, where its 3.4-liter flat six engine gets a 15 horsepower and 7 lb-ft bump in power, bringing the new total output to 330 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in the Boxster and 340 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in the Cayman. Both will feature the Sport Chrono package and the PASM active suspension system as standard. To help visually differentiate the GTS from its lesser counterparts it will also come with blacked out Carrera S 20-inch alloys, headlight surrounds, trim and exhaust pipes.
The GTS models will be offered with a choice of either a six speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual clutch unit. Equipped with the latter, the Boxster GTS is said to hit 60 mph from rest in 4.4 seconds, while the coupe will do the deed in 4.3 seconds - an improvement of three tenths of a second for each.
Inside, the GTS will feature an alcantara wrapped steering wheel, headliner, center console, and seat inserts, as well as GTS-embroidered headrests on the now-standard sport seats.
Pricing for the Boxster GTS starts at $73,500 and $75,200 for the Cayman, with both models available for delivery this summer.
Additional details are available in Porsche's press release, below.
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.
Update: 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS Driven on the Street and Track
As the first Porsche with its engine in the middle to wear the GTS badge since the 904 Carrera of 1963, the Boxster GTS supplants the S model as the top spec version of the drop top. Still often regarded as the 911's little brother, the latest iteration of the Boxster and Cayman sees a new level of performance prowess. But can this new, sharper Boxster GTS able to outshine the venerable 911 Carrera?
What is the basic idea or ideas behind the Porsche Boxster GTS — how is it special?
The GTS gets a 15 horsepower and 7 lb-ft bump in power over the S model Boxster, bringing the new total output to 330 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque from its 3.4-liter flat six engine. PASM active suspension comes as standard and the Sound Symposer system makes its way from the 911 lineup into the Boxster and Cayman for the first time, filling the cabin with the crackles and pops of the GTS's sport exhaust.
As the Grand Turismo Sport moniker implies, the central concept behind the GTS is to ratchet up the performance while maintaining a comfort level suitable for long distance driving.
How does the Porsche Boxster GTS accelerate?
The Boxster GTS's newfound grunt can propel it to 60 miles per hour from rest in 4.4 seconds and push it all the way to a top speed of 173mph. At a mere 3031 pounds when equipped with the near-instant shifting capability of the PDK transmission (2965lbs with the manual gearbox), the Boxster GTS is able to go toe to toe with many sports cars offering more brawn just simply by virtue of its featherweight status as a road-going sports car.
While the engine is happy to rev all the way to 7800rpm, Autoblog's Basem Wasef notes that the rather tall gearing of the GTS can occasionally make staying in the ideal range of the motor's powerband difficult to maintain:
"As such, the only faux pas of note I committed was placing a tire or two over a rumble strip (I was drifting; sue me), and not always dropping gears aggressively enough to stay in the sweet spot of the engine's power output, which seems to lie halfway towards its maximum revs of 7,800 rpm. Those crimes were minimal, considering the compendium of things that can go wrong at the track."
How does the GTS handle?
Many still maintain that the 911 is constantly battling against its engine placement for handling perfection. If that's the case, the Boxster solves this issue by ideally placing the motor in the middle. And if the Boxster S was formerly the pinnacle of sports car handling perfection - as many would argue - then the GTS serves to push that notion even further, making you feel like a more capable driver than you might actually be. Car and Driver's Jeff Sabatini explains:
"Go quicker, and the Boxster just says more, but always in a reassuring tone: “I am helping to make you a better driver. Now, go glide around that hairpin like a dust mop on a hardwood floor.”"
Wasef notes that while the GTS's standard active dampers are "surprisingly effective" for coasting over speed bumps and soaking up rough road surfaces, the suspension is also imminently predictable on the track. As such, when driven up to and past the limits, the GTS slides and yaws in ways that don't sneak up on you. "If things go wrong, you have no one to blame but yourself."
Ultimately, while the $78,000 Boxster GTS is not exactly a performance bargain, in the realm of Porsches, Wasef finds its value indisputable when he proclaims that "this is one of the most holistically satisfying modern Porsches outside of the 918 Spyder."
Check out a paced run around the Circuito Mallorca RennArena in the video below to see how the Boxster GTS hustles around the track: