The Boxster has always been the benchmark when it come to small 2-seater sportcars. Now, 20 years since the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is restructuring its mid-engine roadsters.
The designation for the new generation of models is Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. 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 from a 2.0T, while the 718 Boxster S attains 257 kW from a 2.5T. In the S-model, Porsche also uses avariablegeometry turbo. 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 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.
Turbocharging significantly boosts torque. The 2.0l engine of the 718 Boxster has a maximum torque of 380 Nm (gain of 100 Nm), while the 2.5l engine of the 718 Boxster S even attains 420 Nm (60 Nm more). Both engines provide the torque from about 1,900 rpm all the way to 4,500 rpm.
The 0-100 sprint has also been improved to 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds quicker) with the normal Boxster, and 4.2 seconds for the Boxster S. Both figure are based on cars equipped with PDK transmissions. Top speeds are 275 km/h and 285 km/h respectively.
The Porsche turbo concept is boosting performance while improving fuel economy. In the 718 Boxster, the flat-four with PDK has a NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km (1.0 l/100 km less). In the 718 Boxster Swith PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km (0.9 l/100 km less).
New 19-inch wheels are standard on the 718 Boxster S. 20-inch diameter wheels are available as an option.
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 10% more direct. This makes the 718 Boxster feel 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 10mm lower ride height. For the first time, the PASM sport chassis with a 20 mm 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.
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 byracing, 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.