Porsche has used the iconic 718 mid engine sportscar powered by the four cylinder flat engine to win races including some of the most enduring and tough races like the Targa Florio and Le Mans back in the year 1950’s and 1960’s. Recently Porsche announced that they will be introducing the next generation Boxster and Cayman which will carry the 718 initials before their name and will be powered by the four cylinder flat engine inspired from this classic sports car and which will be more powerful as well fuel efficient at the same time.

With the introduction of this new engines which will power the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S variant Porsche actually becomes the first car maker to introduce VTG technology in petrol driven production cars. When we talk about the benefits let us just inform you that with the introduction of the turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, the Boxster S model was able to achieve an extra 35 Hp gain over the previous Boxster models while also attaining the efficiency of this turbo engines. Apart from the new engine the new Boxster convertible models also underpins a new chassis and also sports stronger brakes which has made the handling a lot sharper and crisper.

Apart from all that the 718 Boxster has actually also received significant cosmetic updates as well made to its exterior and interior. Now the introduction of the new engine has surely made the Boxster more powerful and fast but will this new 718 Boxster will be able to impress us ‘car lovers’? Let’s find out

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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

EXTERIOR

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Surely the new 718 Boxster can be easily identified from the rest of the pack by its new more sculpted appearance. Compared to the existing Boxster the 718 Boxster’s front profile looks wide and has a more masculine form which actually also complements the more powerful engine. The lower front bumpers now also have bigger air intakes which actually reminds the lookers of the new turbo engine which powers the car. Although the front headlamps gets subtle updates but it now has a bi-Xenon headlamps complete with integrated daytime running lamps as well, what is even more interesting is also the fact that Porsche has also provided LED headlamps with four point daytime running lamps as well as an option.

Move towards the side profile of the new 718 Boxster and you will find newly designed side wings and side sills for both the Porsche 718 Boxster and the the sportier Boxster S variants. The air inlets now feeds more air to keep the engine cool while the two fins helps emphasize the cars new more aggressive and sporty appearance. The other significant changes that you will notice towards the side profile are that the door handles comes without the door handle covers. Lastly the mid engine sports car also gets 19 inch wheels while the 20 inch wheels are available as an option.

Everything in the car is absolutely new except the luggage compartment lids, compartment lids, windshield, and convertible top. The rear profile of the Boxster S model gets integrated Porsche badge between the taillamps on the accent strip. The biggest change to the rear profile is definitely the redesigned taillamps which gets three dimensional LED technology and four point brake technology.

INTERIOR

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Just like the exterior the interior too gets significant updates of its own the cockpit is definitely the one place where most of the people owning this sportscar will spend their time. So Porsche did not actually changed the entire Cockpit instead they have actually upgraded the interiors. The 718 Boxster gets new instrument cluster, while another new elemnt that has added to the interior is the new layout of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) unit which can now be connected with your mobile. The audio system has been upgraded as well and the new Boxster now gets 110 watts of audio power with the Sound Package Plus.

The rest of the cockpit looks identical and although the new 718 Cockpit gives a homely feel of the earlier Boxster but it gets all the modern equipment to make your day.

DRIVETRAIN

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This definitely has to be the most awaited part of the review though, the new Boxster gets this four-cylinder flat engines which has installed in after the 1950’s era. The 718 Boxster gets the 2.0 Liter four cylinder flat engine which is capable of producing about 300 Hp of peak power and and 380 Nm of peak torque in between 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm, the new 718 Boxster now makes almost 100 NM more torque than its predecessor.

Coming to the Boxster S model the sportier Boxster S model gets powered by a 2.5 Litre engine which also gets a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, this engine is capable of producing about 350 Hp of peak power and an impressive 420 Nm of torque in between 1900 to 4500 rpm.

Both the models get 6 speed manual transmission as standard while one can also opt for the PDK transmission as well which also features fuel saving virtual gears as an option.

Talk about performance and the new 781 Boxster lineup surely does not disappoint. The718 Boxster with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h mark in 4.7 seconds while the Boxster S with the same package achieves the same in just 4.2 seconds. The Boxsterr is capable of hitting a top speed of 275 km/h mark while the Boxster S can actually reach a top speed of 285 km/h mark. The Porsche Turbo concept has also helped boost the fuel efficiency figures of both the Boxster and the Boxster S models significantly.

RIDE AND HANDLING

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Apart from the new engine what else will attract the attention of the pure car lovers and enthusiasts is the fact that apart from the new engine the 718 lineup has also received much sportier driving dynamics. The new car is actually pinned on a retuned chassis which has helped improve its cornering capabilities. The electromechanical steering system is actually promises to be 10 percent more direct now which actually makes driving the car much more easier be it the track or in heavy traffic.

The Boxster also gets Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) at an extra cost which lowers the ride height by almost 10 mm. The ride height can be lowered by almost 20mm for the Boxster S model in particular. There is an active chassis as well which actually offers better results both in terms of longer touring comfort and dynamic stiffness.

Apart from all the the Sports Chrono package which is also available as an optional extra gets three additional settings including Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes. The Sport Response Button in particular which is located at the middle of the driving programme switches helps the driver to customize the responsiveness of the engine and the PDK transmission.

PRICES

The Porsche 718 Boxster will be launched on April 30th and offcourse this will be launched here in the Indian market and will be priced a tad bit higher than the current Boxster.

COMPETITION

AUDI TT

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The Audi TT is definitely the worthy competitor to the Porsche 718 Boxster and why not the new generation TT adipts Audi’s new design language and is also based on the MQB platform. Under the hood the TT gets three, four cylinder engines which gets turbochargers as well as fuel injections. The three and four cylinder engines offers a power delivery range between 184 Hp to 310 Hp, furthermore it also offers TDSI engines as well.

CONCLUSION

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The new 718 Boxster will definitely attract the pure car enthusiast who loves to drive the sportscars for pure love of driving. This may nolt be the most perfect Roadster around in terms of styling but surely the technology and the drivetrain and its handling characteristics takes it way above its competition. The 718 Boxster with its new flat engine and improved handling is a pure sportscar lovers treat.

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Press Release

The new Porsche 718 Boxster

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The two-seat convertibles are now more powerful yet more fuel efficient. With them, Porsche continues the tradition of the four-cylinder flat engines that were used in the Porsche 718 mid-engine sports cars that won numerous races back in the 1950s and 1960s, among them being the legendary Targa Florio and Le Mans.

The centrepiece of the new model series is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine 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. In fact Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer VTG technology in production cars with petrol-driven engines, both in the 911 Turbo and in the 718 Boxster S. Impressive here are the considerable power gain of 26 kW (35 hp) compared to the previous Boxster models and the efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent.

The completely new chassis tuning and stronger brakes provide for passionate and sporty driving pleasure. The design of the new model line was also comprehensively advanced. The vehicle was completely revised except for the luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the convertible top. Inside, a newly designed dash panel frames 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

The launch of the new 718 Boxster generation represents the first time since the late 1960s that Porsche is implementing sports cars with four-cylinder flat engines again since the end of the 1960s. Turbocharging significantly boosts torque. The two-litre engine of the 718 Boxster has a maximum torque of 380 Newton metres (gain of 100 Newton metres), which is available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The 2.5-litre engine of the 718 Boxster S even attains 420 Newton metres (60 Newton metres 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 – sprints 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 flat engine with PDK has a 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 Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), which now features fuel-saving virtual gears, is available as an option.

New design emphasises sharpened profile

The 718 model line can be made out at first glance. The front end of the new roadster exhibits a much more sculptural form. The front has a wider and more masculine appearance. The much larger cooling air intakes at the front are a distinct exterior expression of the new turbo engine concept. The front end of the 718 Boxster is rounded out by the new design of the bi-xenon headlights 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 new, independently styled wings and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins emphasise 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. 20-inch diameter wheels are available as an option.

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The Porsche 718 Boxster S

The redesigned 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 entirely redeveloped tail lights are distinguished by their three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.

Sportier tuning of chassis for greater agility

In its driving dynamics, the new roadster follows in the tracks of the original 718. The car’s completely retuned chassis enhances 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.

Available at extra charge for the roadsters is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a ten millimetre lower ride height. 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. In sports cars with PDK, the Sport Response Button has been added, which is located at the middle of the driving programme switch. Inspired by car racing, it enables the driver to configure the responsiveness of the engine and the PDK to be very direct.

Awaiting the driver in the cockpit of the 718 Boxster is the familiar Porsche interior environment, now upgraded with new elements such as the instrument panel. 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 thoroughly adapt it to personal requirements. For instance, the navigation module with voice control is available, 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.

The market launch of the new mid-engine sports car begins on April 30 in Europe. 718 Boxster pricing starts at 53,646 euros in Germany, and the 718 Boxster S from 66,141 euros, each with country-specific features and including VAT.

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