The next-generation Porsche 718 Boxster has been officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Porsche have taken the Boxster in a different direction this time around. The naming policy aims to evoke Porsche heritage while the Boxster downsizes but increases performance. We took a closer look!
The mid-engined two-seater gets a new turbocharged 2.0 litre flat four boxer engine with 300 hp (220 kW) and 380 Nm of torque. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre engine which develops 350 hp (257 kW) and 420 Nm of torque. Both use turbochargers with variable turbine geometry. The power gains equate to 35 hp over the ongoing models while fuel efficiency is up by 13 per cent.
With the optional PDK double-clutch automatic transmission (the six-speed manual transmission is standard) and the Sport Chromo Package, the Porsche 718 Boxster manages a 0 – 62 mph of 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds quicker than the outgoing model) with a top speed of 275 km/h (170 mph). The equivalent 718 Boxster S achieves the same in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster than the previous version) with a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph). Economy in the standard Boxster is 40.9 mpg and 38.7 mpg for the Boxster S.
To accompany the new engine, Porsche have fitted new suspension tuning and uprated brakes. The steering features an electro-mechanical power steering system which is said to be 10 percent more direct. The ride height is 10 mm lower which is decreased to 20 mm lower with the PASM Sport Chassis option. Also optional is the Sport Chromo Package with three settings; normal, sport and sport plus. The Sport Response Button is also added for a 20 second boost.
Inside, Porsche have fitted a newly-designed dash panel. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is available together with a touchscreen and mobile phone preparation as standard. The navigation module is an option. The Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Plus (PVTS+) is also standard, ensuring the highest level of vehicle security.