Until now Porsche offered GTS versions for only for the Cayenne and Panamera models, except for the 911 Carrera GTS that Porsche unveiled back in 2010. Now it looks like the GTS lineup will grow again with the addition of a new Cayman GTS model (and Boxster of course).
According to Jalopnik, the new Cayman GTS model will deliver an extra 15 horsepower over the S version, which would put it at 340 horsepower. The model will also be equipped with a standard manual transmission, with the PDK and PASM both being optional. This extra power should shave a tenth of a second, or so, off of the Cayman S’ 0-to-60 mph time, dropping it to the 4.6-second range (4.3 seconds with Sport Chrono).
Other updates will include a Sport Design front/rear fascia, GTS badging, 20-inch Carrera S wheels, upgraded steering wheel and leather interior.
Rumors point to the Cayman GTS being unveiled in April 2014, at the Beijing Auto Show .
Updated 01/16/2014: The future Cayman GTS was caught testing today for the first time. As you can see the model wears little camouflage, so it reveals many of its distinctive elements, like the new front bumper and new LED running lights, plus a new diffuser at the rear.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Porsche Cayman.
January 16, 2014 - First Testing Session
Jackpot! Our spy photographers caught the hot Cayman GTS out for its for prototype testing session today, and managed to snap up a few images. From this stills, we can see that the Cayman GTS will boast a new front bumper and LED running lights up front. Around back, we can see a nice diffuser.
With the extra power, the future Cayman GTS’s output should rival some of the more powerful sports coupe out there, like the 370Z Nismo.
Nissan 370 Nismo is powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. The only problem is that despite its 350 horsepower, the 370Z Nismo goes from 0 to 60 mph in only 5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
On the other hand, it has the advantage of being quite a cheap model: $43,020.
Gallery Nissan 370Z Nismo
Another cool model that buyers may consider in place of Cayman is the M235i Coupe. The model is powered by a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 322 horsepower between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, and 332 pound-feet of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm.
The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.8 seconds with the standard launch control activated and top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The BMW M235i is priced at $44,025.
Gallery BMW M235i Coupe
The new Cayman was unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it went on sale on the American market in the Spring of 2013 with starting price of $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S.
The model is offered with a choice of two highly efficient flat-six-cylinder engines: a 2.7-liter version that delivers a total of 275 horsepower in the base version and a 3.4-liter with an output of 325 horsepower in the S version.
The base Cayman can run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, and goes down to 4.4 seconds on the Cayman S version equipped with the Sport Chrono. The standard Cayman can hit a top speed of 165 mph and the Cayman S can go up 175 mph.