Porsche is making good on the rumors. The next generation Boxster and Boxster S will be sporting new 718 badges. The 718 stands for the mid-engine Porsche racers of the 1950s and ‘60s. Everything is new about these models though. Porsche says the only carry overs are the luggage compartment lids, windshield, and convertible top.
The exterior remains classic Porsche Boxster. The front is slightly wider and more muscular in appearance. The cooling air intakes in the front are noticeably larger and hint at the new turbo engine inside. A walk around shows new “independently” styled wings and side sills as well as larger air inlets.
The mid-engine and rear-wheel drive design stays, but both carry new turbocharged flat four-cylinder engines. They create 35 more horsies in the Boxster and Boxster S respectively. According to the New European Driving Cycle they are also 14 percent more efficient. Official EPA test figures are yet to confirm this.
The base models carry 2.0-liter engine with 280 pound-feet of torque. This is 74 lb-ft more torque than the last model. The S model gets a 2.5-liter engine with 309 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 43 lb-ft of torque. The Boxster and Boxster S get top track speeds of 170 mph and 177 respectively. Six-speed manual transmission is standard.
To complement the new engine is an entirely retuned suspension that Porsche says improves cornering. There is the option to get Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that drops the ride height by ten millimeters. Bump up, or shall we say down, to the PASM Sport Suspension and you get a 20 millimeter lower ride for S models only. To cap it off are 19-inch standard tires with the option to bump up to 20-inchers, and the automaker claims that the steering system is 10 percent more direct.
To go all out there is a PDK and Sport Chrono Package. This equips the 718 Boxster S to go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. This is a 0.7 seconds faster than the last model. PDK stands for Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. This mouthful of a name stands for a system of optional fuel-saving virtual gears.
The Sport Chrono Package adds an Individual programming option to the standard three modes of Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus. When paired with PDK it adds a Sport Response Button that adds responsiveness for faster acceleration.
The new 718 Boxster and Boxster S will hit U.S. dealers in June. Starting prices are set at $56,000 and $68,400 for the base and S respectively.