Forthcoming range-topping Boxster GTS caught ahead of its Beijing motor show debut

A spy shot of an almost undisguised Porsche Boxster GTS has appeared online, months ahead of its official debut at the Beijing motor show in April.

The picture, which was first published on automotive website Worldcarfans, follows recent winter testing images of the car and its Cayman sister.

This latest image shows what appears to be a near-finished version of the GTS, complete with the 'correct' 20-inch wheels from the 911 Carrera S and new front-end styling.

GTS versions of both the Porsche Cayman and Boxster, which will get performance upgrades in addition to cosmetic ones, are set to go on sale in April following their Beijing motor show debuts. Details of the cars were leaked last year from an American dealer conference. 

Both new versions get a 15bhp power increase over the standard 3.4-litre S variant, meaning the Boxster GTS will have 326bhp on offer, while the Cayman GTS gets 335bhp.

The cars gain distinctive new bumper designs at the front and rear, a new sports exhaust, and the aforementioned 20-inch wheels borrowed from the 911 Carrera S. The Cayman GTS also gets new LED daytime running lights.

A manual gearbox will come as standard, but a PDK transmission will be available as an option. Reports suggest that Porsche's Active Suspension Management system will be standard.

In the UK, the GTS is expected to command a price increase of around £4000 over the S version. That means the Boxster GTS should start from around £50,000 and the Cayman GTS from close to £53,000.

Previous spy shots revealed the cars undergoing final testing in winter conditions, confirming that development work on the new Porsche Cayman and Boxster GTS models was close to completion.

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28 January 2014
...than a new Cayman (TBH, an old one would do, silver, martini racing livery please) and this GTS version should be epic.

I'm a huge far of classic Porsches, 911 and 912s particularly, and as the 911 has grown and grown over the years, I think the Cayman is the true spiritual successor to those early cars.

28 January 2014
I have to agree with you. I drive a Cayman and people ask me what's the difference. I describe it like this: If you want to arrive comfy and fresh after a 10 hour drive, buy a 911. If you want to have a weekend blast every time you get behind the wheel, buy a Cayman. 2 very different cars. My Cayman stirs my soul.

28 January 2014
My young daughter jutted glanced at the ipad as I read this article and asked "what's that?"

Turns out "That" is a picture of a dead, frozen climber found on Everest in your "Recommended for you" area.

Have a word with yourselves.

28 January 2014
OR.... Have a word with your daughter, this is a chance to open dialogue about life and ultimately, inevitably death, browse safely..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Meanwhile back on topic just how far can Porsche push the Caymen / Boxster before it treads on the toes of the 911?

28 January 2014
would certainly have troubled the previous 911.

Having moved the game on so much with the latest 911, maybe Porsche see that car (hardcore models aside) as their comfy gt type cruiser while the new Boxster and Cayman are their more focused drivers cars.

28 January 2014
Does this additional horsepower make the Cayman faster than the hot hatch leader that is the A45 AMG?
Just a question no need for Porsche fans to boil over. After all it's got to be awkward being overtaken by a 5-door family hatch!

29 January 2014
fadyady wrote:

Does this additional horsepower make the Cayman faster than the hot hatch leader that is the A45 AMG?
Just a question no need for Porsche fans to boil over. After all it's got to be awkward being overtaken by a 5-door family hatch!

Amg=fast cars on a straight line, german muscle cars
Porsche=One of the best handling cars in the world

I believe the a45/cla45 (race start activated) and 981 cayman s(pdk, sport chrono pack, launch control) will be as fast.

I sold my c63 PP to get a 981 cayman s (pdk, sport chrono package. Cayman is as fast as my c63 on a drag race, due to the light weight and double-clutched transmission.

4 February 2014
fasdylady@

Or, is the A45 the superbike for the middle aged man/Woman trying to relive their youth in a Family saloon......?

Peter Cavellini.

28 January 2014
Great finally the correct answer to why didn't you buy a 911?
Used to be claimed by journos that you coudn't afford it and got Boxter/Caymen instead but in reality the smaller lighter and for uk roads more narrow cars give you more of a drive more of the time............................................................................................
Im a Mercedes fan and own one
Not sure if new caymen is quicker than A45AMG but they are very different cars aimed at different types of driver I think. Altho they may get tested together in a rear wheel v 4 wheel v front wheel test soon?

28 January 2014
@J13Dog, I believe you hit the nail on the head. All statistical numbers aside, different cars are aimed at different people. Some chase the 0-60 times, some the design/styling, some the marque, some the gadgets/technology. But IMHO, true drivers go after how the car makes them feel. We may factor in some or all of these different aspects, but in the end, the driving experience has to make you feel something special each and every time you drive said car. It's emotional for most true drivers. I wear my Cayman on my sleeve.

As far as the 911 goes for me, I will eventually add a later iteration (997, 991) that my wife wouldn't mind taking cross country trips in. For now, we use the Merc E350 on those long trips.

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