With GTS variants of its re-engineered 718 Boxster and Cayman arriving at dealerships early subsequent 12 months, Porsche expects to show across the gross sales fortunes of its midengine sports activities vehicles.
Demand for the GTS variants is “wanting superb” for the reason that order financial institution for the vehicles opened earlier this fall, mentioned Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Automobiles North America. The GTS fashions ought to carry demand and will symbolize as a lot as 50 p.c of all gross sales of the 718 household in 2018, Zellmer informed Automotive Information.
“Folks know what they get in the event that they purchase a GTS, which is extra sporty, and we actually hope for extra folks participating in our 718s,” Zellmer mentioned. “The section total of the place we play with our 718 is a difficult section, however particularly now with the GTS, we see some actions on the store flooring, and orders being taken.”
Within the first 11 months of this 12 months, 718 Boxster gross sales fell 14 p.c whereas Cayman gross sales dropped 22 p.c. The Boxster was down equally final 12 months, whereas Cayman gross sales rose zero.eight p.c in 2016, the 12 months during which the re-engineered and renamed 718 fashions debuted.
Zellmer attributed the gross sales drops partially to the cadence of variant introductions with the re-engineered autos. Porsche introduced out the bottom and S fashions initially and is rolling out different variants regularly.
The GTS fashions debuted on the Los Angeles Auto Present final month. Their 365-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines produce 15 hp greater than the 718 S fashions and as much as 35 hp greater than the earlier technology of naturally aspirated Boxster and Cayman GTS fashions. They embody visible cues related to the racing-inspired GTS line, equivalent to black accents in and out.