Powered-up pair to arrive Down Under in March 2018

The 2018 Porsche 718 GTS range has been revealed and priced for Australia, with the new sports cars set to arrive in March 2018 from $173,100 plus on-road costs.

Headlining the upgrades over lesser models is an uprated version of the 718 S's 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, developing 269kW of power and 430Nm of torque – up 11kW and 10Nm over the 718 S – the latter of which is available between 1900 and 5000rpm.

Available with both six-speed manual and the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission ($5980), 718 GTS models are capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds on their way to a top speed of 290km/h (PDK).

Compared to the 718 and 718 S, the 718 GTS range gets a new Sport Design front bumper, dark-themed styling elements like black-tinted bi-xenon headlights, tinted tail-lights, black badging, black lower rear bumper accents and a set of black tailpipes for the standard sports exhaust system.

Inside, the cars get two-way power-adjustable Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with GTS logos on the headrests, along with Alcantara trim on the steering wheel, centre console and armrests.

Under the skin, the 718 GTS range gets a host of features that are usually optional, including the Sports Chrono Package, a mechanical rear differential lock with Porsche Torque Vectoring, and Porsche Active Suspension Management - which lowers the ride height by 10mm.

Both the 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are available to order now, with first deliveries expected "around March 2018".

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2018 Porsche 718 GTS pricing

718 Cayman GTS - $173,100

718 Boxster GTS - $175,900