Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is also altering the model designation to mark the generation change. The designation for the new generation is 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. The two-seat convertibles are now more powerful, lighter and more fuel efficient. Porsche is thus continuing the tradition of four-cylinder flat engines in the 718 mid-engine sports cars. In the 1950s and 1960s, Porsche won numerous races with the cars, including the legendary Targa Florio, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Hill Climb Championship.
At the heart of the model series are the newly developed four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging. The 718 Boxster develops 220 kW (300 hp) of power from two litres of engine displacement, while the 718 Boxster S attains 257 kW (350 hp) from 2.5 litres of displacement. In the S-model, Porsche also uses a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG). The 718 Boxster S thus joins the 911 Turbo to demonstrate that Porsche is the only manufacturer to offer VTG technology in production models with a petrol engine. Impressive features here are the power gain of 26 kW (35 hp) compared to the previous Boxster models and the efficiency of the new turbo engines. Fuel economy has been improved by up to 13 per cent in the new 718 Boxster models.
The completely new chassis tuning and stronger brakes provide for passionate and sporty driving pleasure. The design of the new model line has also been comprehensively advanced – apart from the luggage compartment lids and windscreen, everything is new. Inside, a newly designed instrument panel distinguishes the cockpit. In addition, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a state-of-the-art touchscreen is included as standard. The navigation module is available as an option.
Efficient turbo power from four cylinders
For the first time since the end of the 1960s, Porsche is returning to sports cars with four-cylinder flat engines with the new generation of 718 Boxsters. Turbocharging significantly boosts torque. The two-litre engine of the 718 Boxster has a maximum torque of 380 Nm (gain of 100 Nm), which is available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The 2.5-litre engine of the 718 Boxster S even attains 420 Nm (60 Nm more) over a speed range from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
Thus, the new 718 Boxster models sprint even faster. The 718 Boxster – with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package – darts from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds faster). The 718 Boxster S with the same equipment completes this discipline in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The top speed of the 718 Boxster is 275 km/h, and the 718 Boxster S has a top speed of 285 km/h.
The Porsche turbo concept is boosting driving performance while improving fuel economy. In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder engine with PDK has an NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km (1.0 l/100 km less). In the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-litre turbo flat engine with PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km (0.9 l/100 km less).
The 718 models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is available as an option.
New design emphasises sharpened profile
The 718 model line can be made out at first glance. The nose of the new roadster has a much sharper profile, while the front appears wider. The larger cooling air intakes at the front are a distinct exterior expression of the new turbo engine concept. Rounding off the front end of the 718 Boxster, are the bi-xenon headlights in their new design with integrated LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option.
From a side view, identifying features of the new model line include independently styled wings and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins emphasise the car’s dynamic character. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers. New 19-inch wheels are standard on the 718 Boxster S. 20-inch diameter wheels are available as an option.
The restyled rear body of the 718 Boxster has a much wider look – especially due to the accent strip with integrated Porsche badge between the tail lights. The completely redesigned lights stand out thanks to their three-dimensional LED technology and the four-point brake light.
Sportier chassis tuning for greater agility
In its driving dynamics, the new roadster follows in the tracks of its ancestor, the original 718. The car’s completely retuned chassis enhances handling and cornering performance. The electromechanical steering system is configured to be ten per cent more direct. This makes the 718 Boxster even more agile and easier to steer, both on circuit tracks and in everyday traffic.
Minus ten and minus 20: Porsche Active Suspension Management
Available at extra charge for the roadsters is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers ride height by ten millimetres. For the first time, the PASM sport chassis with a 20 millimetre lower ride height is available as an option for the 718 Boxster S. The active chassis, which has also been retuned, offers an even broader spread between long-distance touring comfort and dynamic sporty stiffness.
Extensive Sport Chrono Package for dynamic driving experience
As in the 911, the optional Sport Chrono Package now comprises the Individual programme in addition to the three settings “Normal”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. The Sport Response Button has been added in combination with PDK. It is located in the middle of the driving programme switch. Inspired by motor racing, it permits an even more direct configuration of the engine responsiveness and PDK.
Interior has new Porsche Communication Management as standard
Awaiting the driver in the cockpit of the 718 Boxster is the familiar Porsche interior environment, now upgraded with new elements such as the dashboard. Another central element of the new interior layout is the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) unit with mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the Sound Package Plus with 110 watts of audio power. The PCM can be extended with optional modules to adapt it to personal requirements. One example is the navigation module with voice control, which makes it easy to input driving destinations. In addition, the Connect Plus module is available as an extension of the navigation module; it provides extended online services.