The Porsche Boxster was first launched in 1996 as the automaker’s entry-level mid-engine sports car. At the launch, it was Porsche’s first roadster since the 550 Spyder. Though it faced hostility in the market at first, the model quickly rose to become the automaker’s best seller in terms of volume before the Cayenne SUV was unveiled in 2003.
Now, 20 years later, the model has received its most important upgrade; Porsche has done away with its naturally aspirated V-6 engines in favor of turbocharged, flat-four engines. The automaker argues that the reason for the change is so as to help reduce emissions as well as improve efficiency. This makes the Boxster the first Porsche sports car to be powered by a 4-cylinder in a long time.
The second biggest change is the addition of “718” numbering in its nametag. The addition of the lettering is meant to pay homage to 4-cylinder racers the automaker produced in 1950s and ‘60s. It is also rumored that the Caymans will also receive a “718” lettering.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Exterior
The new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster has received a host of new touches. Despite the new touches, the model is easily recognizable as a Boxster. At the front, the vehicle sports a wider front with a new bumper. Its center grille just below the license plate has also been modified. Side air intakes are wider and thinner as are the LED DRLs.
The DRLs are mounted as separates pieces rather than integrated into the vents like the outgoing Boxsters. The front fascia also features new bi-xenon headlights and an option for 4-point DRLs which are a new feature to the Boxster.
On the sides, the vehicle features more pronounced wings, beefier skirts, larger intakes and doors without handle recess covers. The mirrors are also redesigned and the side look is capped by 19-inch wheels with an option for 20-inchers.
At the rear, the new 718 Boxster features redesigned taillights and a deck-lid. The taillights sport 3D LED technology and are also integrated with 4-point brake lights. The vehicle also sports a new black strip which features the “Porsche “lettering between the brake lights. Other features include a new apron with a revised diffuser and a mid-mounted exhaust system similar to the outgoing models. The base model features rectangular exhaust tip while the Boxster S has a pair of round tips.
Dimension wise, the model is 172.4 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, 50.4 inches tall and has a wheelbase of 97.4 inches. The vehicle weighs 2944 lbs.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Interior
Inside, the dashboard remains of the same size and shape. However, it features revised A/C vents as well as a redesigned instrument cluster. The steering wheel also features new spokes which makes it look more refined.
Its Porsche Communication Management system features audio interfaces, cell phone preparation, an 110-watt Sound Package Plus and a navigation module with voice control. A Connect Plus module is also offered to offer a wider access to a wide array of online services. Other features are basically the same as those of the outgoing models.
Engine Specs and Performance
As said in the introduction, Porsche has replaced flat-six engines with turbocharged flat-four units. The base 718 Boxster is powered by a 2.0 L turbocharged unit capable of 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This presents an improvement of 35 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. The new engine also improves
The new engine also improves efficiency of the vehicle by 14%. The power boost helps the vehicle move from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and 4.7 seconds with the optional PDK. Selecting the optional Sport Chrono Package drops the above time to 4.5 seconds. The model can hit a top speed of 170 mph.
The 718 Boxster S on the other hand, is powered by a 2.5 L turbocharged flat-four engine in place of the previous 3.4 L V-6. The engine produces 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. This is 35 hp and 43 lb-ft of torque more than the outgoing models. With a manual transmission, the vehicle hits 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and 4.2 seconds with a PDK. With the Sports Chrono package, the vehicle hits 60 mph from standstill in 4 seconds flat. It has a top speed of 177 mph, 5 mph more than the outgoing model.
The Sport Chrono Package features three driving mode settings (Normal, Sport and Sport Plus).
2016 Geneva Auto Show
Price and release date
To get your hands on the wheels of the new 718 Boxster, you will need to spend $ 56,000 for the base model and $ 68,400 for the 718 Boxster S. These prices are subject to a $ 1,050 destination charge.
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S will be available in dealer showrooms in April 2016.
The new Porsche 718 Boxster will face fierce rivalry from the Audi TTS Roadster and Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.