When the most recent 718 GTS 4.0 was announced, one of the most common considerations about the exciting model update was simple. Which would you choose when it comes to deciding between a Boxster and a Cayman?
Both of the new GTS models have the same 394 hp four-litre engine as the 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Spyder. The six-cylinder horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated engine produces the classic boxer engine sound which is raw and throaty.
What is the difference between the 718 GTS and the 718 GTS 4.0?
The difference between the new 718 GTS 4.0 models and the 718 GTS that came out in 2017, comes down to the engine.
The 2017 718 GTS models had a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine with a developed intake duct and an optimised turbocharger which resulted in a power output of 360 hp. The 4.0 litre GTS can reach the speed of 62 mph in only 4.5 seconds.
The new 718 GTS 4.0 models have a twin tailpipe sports exhaust system that includes an integrated gasoline particulate filter that can also be found in the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder and conforms to the GTS styling with a black rear lower section surrounding the sports exhaust.
Old Cayman GTS
New Cayman GTS
Another nod to GTS DNA are the 20-inch Satin-Gloss Black wheels that sit on high-performance tyres. However, the wheels are now 235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear, another change from the previous 718.
Both the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 still have 2 seats, a boot in the front, incredible handling but can now reach a top speed of 293 km/h. 3 km/h faster than the previous 718 GTS.
New Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0
New Porsche Boxster GTS 4.0
Top Down Thrills Or Fastback Fun?
There’s little to separate the two, other than the obvious - the Porsche 718 Cayman is a fastback coupe, the Porsche 718 Boxster is a roadster and both are now sought after for the Porsche Approved stock at Porsche Centre Bristol, Swindon, Tewkesbury and Cardiff.
There isn't a lot of difference between the two when it comes to boot space, although the Porsche 718 Cayman does offer slightly more rear visibility than the Porsche 718 Boxster when the roof is up, not that the roof is remotely in the way.
Traditionally, the base level Porsche Cayman used to offer more power than similar Porsche Boxsters, but they both now share the same engine whether the roof is hard or soft top.
A Purebred Mid-Engined Sports Car
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) comes as standard with the 718 GTS 4.0 models. PCM includes a seven-inch high-resolution touchscreen to help make your journey seamless and easy so that you can focus on enjoying the drive. Also standard on the GTS 4.0 is Sport Chrono package which includes enhanced Track Precision App.
From top to bottom, the new 718 GTS 4.0 models are a work of Porsche art. The GTS styling is evident in the black-tinted Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, to the black logos and sports exhaust. The red brake calipers are cross-drilled and have 6-piston aluminium Monobloc fixed calipers at front and 4-piston aluminium Monobloc fixed calipers at rear. These can be upgraded to Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) as an option in the configurator.
Looking inside the new 718 Boxster GTS 4.0, you can see the careful use of dark Alcantara® to add detail and style. The steering wheel, the panels of the Sports Seats Plus, gear lever and centre console are all finished in Alcantara®. In the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, there is also additional covering on the roof lining and A-pillars.
To ensure the interior of your 718 is extra special, you can also opt for the GTS interior package which adds Carmine Red or Chalk stitching on all the decorative seams. The package also includes an embroidered GTS emblem on the headrests and your chosen colour on the rev counter and seat belts.
Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 Prices
The only other difference between the two is the price. The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 starts at £64,088, while the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is from £65,949.
If you still can’t decide, call in and see us or book a test drive at Porsche Centre Bristol, Swindon, Tewkesbury or Cardiff. Sometimes the only way to know is to get behind the wheel.