Since the Porsche Boxster first appeared in showrooms nearly 20 years ago, the mid-engined two-seater has established itself as the benchmark roadster.

Porsche says the new Boxster GTS, enhances the driving experience further with an uprated engine and specific chassis tuning, and in the process sets a new standard for open-top driving enthusiasts.

Building on the proven Boxster virtues of light weight, responsive handling and a charismatic flat-six engine, the GTS features an optimised version of the proven 3.4-litre engine, which has been tuned to produce an additional 15hp. The Boxster GTS pushes out 330hp, and 370nm.

Further emphasising the distinctive character of the GTS is the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard.

These offer the driver the opportunity to not only modify the damper stiffness, but also subtly change the throttle characteristics of the engine.

In conjunction with the optional PDK (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the Launch Control function - engaged via the Sport Plus button - enables the Boxster GTS to accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds.

With the standard manual six-speed transmission, the GTS is the first Boxster to offer the potential to top 280 km/h.

The new GTS is also the company's first mid-engined roadster to be certified according to the Euro6 emissions standard.

The Boxster GTS can also be specified with a new, optional sports chassis configuration that lowers the ride height by 20 mm, underlying the fact that at the heart of every Porsche is a racecar suitable for both the circuit and everyday use.