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The new mid-engine roadster: Porsche 718 Boxster

35 hp more power – 13 per cent better fuel economy

Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is introducing a generation change that also changes the model designation. The new generation models are now known as the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. The two-seat convertibles are now more powerful and more fuel efficient. Porsche is thus continuing the tradition of four-cylinder flat engines in its 718 mid-engine sports cars. In the 1950s and 1960s, these cars won numerous races, including the legendary Targa Florio and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

New four-cylinder flat engines

Engine and transmission

In the 718 Boxster, Porsche is introducing two completely new four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging. Their power and efficiency have been increased significantly compared to the previous engines. A bundle of innovations also ensures typical Porsche driving pleasure. The engines excel with more spontaneous response, free-revving properties up into the highest rpm ranges, and – not least – with their passionate sound.

Sporty chassis tuning, PASM sport suspension offered as option for first time

Chassis and assistance systems

The new roadsters are also impressive in their agile driving dynamics. The completely new chassis tuning once again improves cornering speeds of the mid-engine sports cars. Higher stabiliser and spring rates keep rolling and pitching motions as slight as possible. This further enhances ride comfort in the 718 Boxster.

New design emphasises sharpened profile

Design and interior features

The 718 model line can be made out at first glance. The front of the new roadster has a much more sculptural form. This gives the front end a wider and more masculine appearance. This effect is reinforced by narrow front lights above the lateral air intakes, which contain the parking lights and indicators. At the middle of the front end are two horizontal fins that visually emphasise the width of the 718 Boxster.

Porsche 718 – sport legend with a mid-engine


Mid-engine, lightweight design and styling, and added to these powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines: that is what characterises the philosophy of the legendary Porsche Spyder with type designations 550 and 718. Built for circuit track, road and hill climb racing, the Porsche factory team and numerous customers successfully used these race sports cars from 1953 to the mid-1960s.