I’m sure that preconceptions about ‘Brit-abroad Majorca’ are what keep most people from discovering the incredible roads that we drive in the video above. I came here on holiday a couple of years ago full of just such prejudices, but also lured by stories of warm-weather cycling. The roads and the scenery that I found over the subsequent week left me slack-jawed in amazement and wishing that I had something more than bicycle and a Renault Scenic at my disposal. I vowed to come back and do it properly and now here I am, with arguably the perfect car for the roads.
The Porsche Boxster GTS, like the Cayman GTS that we reviewed last month, is essentially a Porsche Boxster S with a value pack of the greatest hits from the options list. Amongst other things, you get a sports exhaust, Sport Chrono (complete with dynamic transmission mounts), 20-inch wheels, PASM adaptive dampers (or a no-cost optional sport chassis), Sport Plus seats and an Alcantara-covered Sport Design steering wheel. However, to distinguish it as a GTS you also get a few visual tweaks around the nose and bum, largely wrought in matt black, plus an extra 14bhp and 8lb ft from the 3.4-litre flat-six, which produces 325bhp and 273lb ft. Complete with wonderful six-speed manual, it is a truly lovely thing and very close to the Boxster S that did so well in our 2012 Car of the Year competition. No matter what the roads bring, it should be a pretty good place to spend the day, roof down, bathed in sunlight or moonlight.
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This video is the latest in our series where we hunt for the world’s greatest driving road. You can see the previous episode – where we explore some wonderful Romanian roads in a Jaguar F-type V8 S – here.