The updated 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster continues the familiar rear mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-seater roadster formula that has been serving the nameplate well into its third model generation. Previously known as just the Boxster, Porsche's popular mid-engined sports car now sports a new name to pay tribute to the legendary 718 race car that racked up over 1,000 victories on track from the 1950s to the 1960s.
Available in two variants, the 718 Boxster continues to be powered by low-slung horizontally-opposed engines as before, albeit downsized and turbocharged. In place of the existing 2.7- to 3.4-litre naturally-aspirated six-cylinder mills come new 2.0- and 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbos churning outputs of 300 and 350 hp respectively. Besides producing 35 hp more than before, these new engines are also claimed to be 13 percent more efficient than their predecessors. Maximum torque of both engines are substantially higher than before - 380 Nm from the 2.0-litre 718 Boxster and 420 Nm from the 2.5-litre 718 Boxster S.
Both variants of the new 718 Boxster are thus quicker than their respective predecessors. The 2.0-litre 718 Boxster with PDK transmission and Sport Chrono package sprints from rest to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds faster); the 2.5-litre 718 Boxster S, meanwhile, completes the same benchmark in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster).
Click the links below to learn more about the new 2016 Porsche 718 Boxster:
- New Porsche 718 Boxster Previewed. To be launched in August
- Porsche launches 718 Boxster and Boxster S, RM 480,000, RM 620,000