Porsche Boxster GTS on Spain's greatest road
Our search for the world's greatest driving road heads to Spain, with a day on Majorca in a Porsche Boxster GTS
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.
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.