RIDES: New Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S

Jan 29, 2016

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Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is introducing the latest generation of its mid-engine roadsters featuring more power, greater fuel efficiency, and further improved handling. The new models are named 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, paying homage to the flat-four cylinder engines that were used in the mid-engine Porsche 718 sports car, which won numerous races in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The centerpiece of the latest model range is the newly developed, turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine. The 718 Boxster generates 300 horsepower from two liters of displacement, while the 718 Boxster S uses a 2.5 liter engine developing 350 horsepower. The S-model also employs a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The new engines develop 35 more horsepower compared to those of the previous Boxster and are also up to 14 percent more efficient than their predecessors, according to the New European Driving Cycle.

The design of the new model line was comprehensively improved, including completely retuned suspension and uprated brakes. Every body part-except for the luggage compartment lids, the windshield and the convertible top-has been changed. Inside, a newly designed dash panel frames the cockpit, which includes the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and touchscreen

Performance

A completely new generation of turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines takes the 718 Boxster to new heights, according to Porsche. The two-liter engine of the 718 Boxster puts out 280 lb.-ft. of torque, which is available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. To put it into perspective: The new engine makes 74 lb.-ft. or 36 percent more torque than the previous powertrain and does so over a much broader power band. The 2.5-liter engine of the 718 Boxster S develops 309 lb.-ft. from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm-a 43 lb.-ft. gain over the outgoing Boxster S engine.

The 718 Boxter yields significant gains in acceleration. When equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package, the new models go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds (0.7 seconds faster than the previous model). The 718 Boxster S, outfitted with these performance-enhancing options, reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds (0.5 seconds faster than its predecessor). The top-track speed of the 718 Boxster is 170 miles per hour and the 718 Boxster S can achieve a top track speed of 177 miles per hour.

Turbocharging also helps the powertrains of the 718 Boxster and Boxster S to be up to 14 percent more efficient than the previous engines, according to the New European Driving Cycle.

The 718 Boxster models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

Design

The 718 Boxster and Boxster S are immediately recognizable. The front has been re-sculpted and has a wider, more muscular appearance. Significantly larger cooling air intakes serve as a distinct symbol of the new turbocharged engine generation.

Redesigned Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights are another striking feature, according to Porsche. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as an option-a first for the mid-engine roadster.

From a side view, identifying features of the new model line include new, independently styled wings and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins emphasize the car’s dynamic look. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers.

New 19-inch wheels are standard on the 718 Boxster S with 20-inch wheels optionally available.

The redesigned rear fascia of the 718 Boxster models places a much greater emphasis on width, especially due to the strip with integrated Porsche badge located between the tail lights. The new taillights stand out thanks to three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.

Suspension Tuning

The 718 Boxster’s completely retuned suspension enhances cornering performance. The electric steering system is 10 percent more direct than the previous model.

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available as an option and includes a 10 millimeter lower ride height compared to the standard suspension. For the first time, the PASM Sport Suspension, with a 20 millimeter lower ride height, is available as an option for the 718 Boxster S. The active suspension, which has also been retuned, offers an even broader spread between ride comfort suitable for long road trips and stiffness necessary for spirited driving.