718 Boxster Revealed
It’s here: the four-cylinder Porsche Boxster is a reality…
It’s 20-years since the Boxster first arrived in the Porsche range, and to celebrate Porsche has made one of the most radical changes to its ingredients yet. The mid-engined two-seater layout remains the same, but the Boxster will now be powered by a newly-developed pair of flat four-cylinder turbocharged Boxer engines, falling in line with the force-induced second-generation 991 Carrera.
The new Boxster, termed ‘718’, receives a 2.0-litre engine capable of producing 300hp in place of its old 2.7-litre 265hp six-cylinder, while the Boxster S sees a switch from its old 3.4-litre 315hp unit, to a 2.5-litre engine which develops 350hp. Both make use of Porsche’s unique variable turbine geometry technology typically reserved for the 911 Turbo. Power gains have been made over the outgoing versions, but Porsche claims that the real benefits are seen with fuel economy, with a 13 percent improvement. In addition, the 718 Boxster receives reworked suspension and uprated brakes.
On the outside the Boxster has been tweaked by Porsche’s styling department, but it may not be to everyone’s taste. It’s easy to see the influence of the old 981 cars in the 718, but Porsche claims only the luggage deck lids, windscreen and roof have been left untouched. Larger air intakes and new front and rear bumpers may divide opinion, but the integrated three-dimensional ‘Porsche’ badge between the rear lights is certain to prove controversial. Updated lighting on the new 718 Boxster includes new Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated DRLs as standard, with LED units optional, this falls in line with those found on the new 911. The door handles are now designed without recess covers, and new (standard) 19-inch or (optional) 20-inch wheels appear. Inside you’ll find a new dash design, and the latest PCM system as seen in the new 911.
In Detail: Engines
The new engines are the big story here, the 2.0-litre in the 718 Boxster gains 74lb ft of torque with 280lb ft, delivered from 1,950 to 4,500rpm. In the Boxster S, the 2.5-litre engine claims power increases too, with 310lb ft at 1,900 to 4,500rpm, peak power is available at 6,500rpm for both engines. It’s sure to offer a radically different driving experience from Boxsters of old, both variants are marginally heavier than the old car, the Boxster by 10kg, the S by 15kg.
All 718 models come equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the optional seven-speed PDK automatic system now features the fuel-saving technology previously seen on the 911. When equipped with a PDK transmission (and the Sport Chrono Package), the 718 Boxster will sprint from 0–62 mph in 4.7-seconds (0.8 seconds quicker than the old car), while the Boxster S will achieve the same run in 4.2-seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The top speeds are 170mph (Boxster), and 177mph (Boxster S). On paper the combined MPG increases are negligible; 40.9 MPG (Boxster) and 38.7 MPG (Boxster S), up 5.1 MPG and 4.3 MPG respectively. For company car drivers, the CO2 (g/km) of each is; (manual/PDK) 168/158 – Boxster, 184/167 – Boxster S, both demonstrate a reduction over the outgoing models.
In Detail: Chassis
Porsche has tuned the chassis of the new 718 Boxster in an attempt to make it more agile, the electro-mechanical power steering system is said to be ten per cent more direct. PASM is optional, providing a 10mm lower ride height, but for the first time the Boxster S can be specified with a PASM Sport Chassis. This lowers the car’s ride height by 20mm, and is said to offer greater comfort and responsiveness.
With the Sport Chrono Package optioned, the 718 Boxster benefits from the same four driving settings found in the new 911: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Working in conjunction with the PDK system, the new Boxster also gets the Sport Response Button from the new 911, providing a 20-second boost of maximum responsiveness for overtaking.
The 718 Boxster is priced from £41,739.00, the Boxster S from £50,695.00, which means both are dearer than their forebears. They are available to order now, with the first UK deliveries taking place in the Spring. We’ll be bringing you our full opinion as soon as we can get behind the wheel.