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Hey guys,

So over the course of last weekend I had the chance to check out the Canadian International Autoshow. Porsche certainly had some impressive vehicles on display including a 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series and a 911 GT2 RS.







The GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 that’s ever been built, putting out over 700hp and doing 0-100km in 2.8 seconds. You certainly have to pay for it though as its MSRP is around $300k. As both these vehicles we’re up on stage, I didn't get the chance to see what their interiors were like.

More importantly both the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS were on display and they both looked incredible. I really wanted to get the chance to sit inside them and see what changes have been implemented on the infotainment system as I know in the past they have been a little finicky. Unfortunately, all of their vehicles were locked and off, so the only interior I was really able to see was the Boxster.

Findings:

1.) Both the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS models use the 2.5 liter turbo found in the 718 S models.
2.) Both receive a 15-hp bump over the old flat six models and S model siblings
3.) This puts the GTS 2.5 liter flat four to 365 ponies, 35 more than the previous generations flat six
4.) Torque is up 8 lb-ft to 317, but only on GTS models equipped with the optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Six-speed manual customers get the same 309 lb-ft as the S-spec engine.
5.) GTS models come with a torque-vectoring feature, the Sport Chrono pack that adds a Sport Plus driving mode, a dashtop stopwatch, and an adaptive sport suspension as standard
6.) Cayman and Boxster GTS are a good $12k more than the S models. IMO it makes more sense to get a 718 S and spec it to match, as you’ll only be short 15hp and a few badges
7.) This years Porsche Communication Management System, according to a rep is said to be one of the most user-friendly and quick-responding systems, with clear visuals, touchscreen controls, and optional voice commands. Did not have the chance to confirm this.
8.) Both the Cayman and Boxster GTS were sitting on Michelin Pilot Sport tires, 265/35 ZR 20’s
9.) Android Auto does not seem to be available, and Apple Car play is not a standard feature on baseline models.
10.) GTS models utilize a healthy dose of Alcantara in the interior as well as some embroidered GTS logos
11.) Despite the $10k price difference, the GTS models are only 0.3 seconds quicker to get from 0-60mph
12.) 6 speed manual is standard on both the Cayman GTS and Boxster, with the 7 speed PDK dual clutch as an additional option.

If I think of more I'll do update posts, and let me know if you guys have any questions.
 

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My UK Boxster S pretty specced up configures at £67,068. If I spec up the GTS on Porsche online configurator to include what mine has that it hasn't (ie full leather replace alcantara, auto climate, heated seats, LED lights, Cruise, Bose, etc) it configures at £70,584. But if I add to mine what the GTS also has (sport chronometer, torque vectoring) it would cost £69,568. So a grand more for the extra 15bhp but then you also get the body styling bits, so I should probably add sports body kit, maybe tinted lights and a few other cosmetic bits to mine making it more expensive than the GTS and not as good residual value. So GTS a good deal, providing of course you want/need all those extra bits.
 

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I've also specced mine up on the US and German Porsche configurators. Brits will be pleased to know that even at our post Brexit reduced exchange rates, the UK price is at least 15% cheaper than US and Germany. Very unusual, we're more expensive for nearly everything else except milk. Oh, how I pass my time, anal innit!
 

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I've also specced mine up on the US and German Porsche configurators. Brits will be pleased to know that even at our post Brexit reduced exchange rates, the UK price is at least 15% cheaper than US and Germany. Very unusual, we're more expensive for nearly everything else except milk. Oh, how I pass my time, anal innit!
Jup... Found that out myself too. There are so many more options standard on the 718's in the UK compared to Germany and Belgium (where I was looking to buy my car). Being (half) Brit, I had initially planned to purchase mine via the UK too. But found the dealers to be too arrogant, basically saying "We don't like selling to 'foreigners' but we do it anyway" (which I found hypocrite - you either do it or you don't but don't complain about doing it...), and not delivering the service I was expecting from a Porsche dealer (which also made me lose faith - deposit was non-refundable so....), so I eventually bought mine from an OPC in Belgium...
 

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Yep, it probably depends on the dealer. Several I tried make you feel they're doing you a favour allowing you to have one of their limited allocation and you're lucky they'll accept you money. However, I have to say that the guy I've used 3 times in 10 years at Cambridge OPC is very down to earth and decent to deal with. Is there not an issue getting right hand drive if you order in UK?
 

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Yep, it probably depends on the dealer. Several I tried make you feel they're doing you a favour allowing you to have one of their limited allocation and you're lucky they'll accept you money.
Dear God, yes... Something to get used to I guess (hope to get a GT4 or GT3 in the (distant) future...)


Is there not an issue getting right hand drive if you order in UK?
No, you just have to specify you want a left-hand drive (with continental European specs). Especially for Porsche it doesn't matter anyway, since all cars are produced in Germany (and they have to do both LHD and RHD anyway). My dad bought two BMW's from BMW Park Lane (to use in Belgium) and got great service, they weren't a pain about the process at all. So unfortunately, it's a "Porsche problem". I expect there are other car manufacturers not too happy about parallel trade but Porsche is pretty vocal about it (the UK dealer told me multiple times "Porsche doesn't like doing this") - full disclosure: I contacted an OPC in Germany saying "I am planning to buy the car in the UK unless you give me a good deal, so what's your best offer" (albeit slightly more subtly / eloquently phrased), I got approx. 10% discount (don't remember exactly) without any effort. I then took that price to my Belgian dealer who responded "Porsche Export Belgium would prefer you to buy the car here, rather than you getting it from Germany, so we are going to offer you a 10% discount too."
 
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