Porsche 718 Boxster (2016–)
718 Boxster name revealed
The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will be the new names of the two-door mid-engine sports cars from Porsche effective with the introduction of the 2016 models. Both will have equally powerful flat four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines with turbocharging. And the roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Coupe – as is the case for the 911 models.
Porsche 718 Boxster launched
More powerful yet more fuel efficient, the centrepiece of the new model series is the 718 Boxster which develops 300PS from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre engine, which develops 350PS, its greater power literally boosted by its use of a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.
The considerable power gain of 35PS compared to the previous Boxster models is matched by the impressive efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent.
The exterior design of the new model line has also advanced comprehensively. The vehicle has been completely revised, except for the luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the powered convertible roof. Inside, a newly-designed dash panel frames the cockpit. In addition, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with state-of-the-art touchscreen and mobile phone preparation included as standard. The navigation module is available as an option.
The pull of the 2.0-litre engine in the 718 Boxster has increased by nearly a quarter versus the prior model, with 380Nm of torque (a gain of 100Nm) available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. In the case of the 2.5-litre engine in the 718 Boxster S, this generates 420Nm (60Nm more) across a speed range from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
Consequently, the new 718 Boxster models sprint even faster. The 718 Boxster – with optional PDK double-clutch automatic transmission and the Sport Chrono Package – sprints from 0 – 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds quicker). The equivalent 718 Boxster S accomplishes this in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The top speed of the 718 Boxster is 170 mph, and the 718 Boxster S has a top speed of 177 mph).
The Porsche turbo concept is boosting driving performance while improving fuel economy. In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a NEDC Combined fuel consumption figure of 40.9 mpg (5.1 mpg more than the previous model). In the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-litre turbo engine with PDK returns 38.7 mpg Combined (4.3 mpg more than the previous model).
Each 718 model is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which now features fuel-saving ‘virtual gears’ previously introduced on the 911 model series, is available as an option.
The rear of the 718 Boxster has been redesigned, characterized by a much wider appearance – emphasized by the accent strip with integrated ‘Porsche’ badge between the tail lights. The tail lights were completely re-designed, and are distinguished by three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.
In its driving dynamics, the new roadster follows in the tracks of the original 718. The re-tuned chassis enhances cornering performance, and the electro-mechanical power steering system is configured to be ten per cent more direct. This makes the 718 Boxster even more agile as well as easier to steer, both on circuits and in everyday traffic.
Available as an option is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) combined with a 10mm lower ride height. For the first time, a PASM Sport Chassis with a 20mm lower ride height can also be specified as an option for the 718 Boxster S. The active chassis, the settings for which have also been re-tuned, now offers an even broader spread between long-distance touring comfort and dynamic responsiveness.
The 718 Boxster is priced from £41,739.00 RRP and the 718 Boxster S from £50,695.00 RRP.