Car News 29 Jan 2016

Porsche unveil new 718 Boxster

Porsche has released details of the new 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S.  Named for the 1960’s 718 sports car, Porsche’s latest model features a new engine and new styling.

The 718 Boxster far outstrips it predecessor, with an upgraded engine from the 911 range. The Boxster is powered by a 295bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine, with the Boxster S upgraded to a 2.5-litre powerplant, producing 345bhp and 310lb ft of torque. The Boxster is capable of 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 170mph, while the Boxster S manages the 0-62mph sprint in 4.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 177mph.

Improvements have been made all round, including changes to the chassis for enhanced steering and corning ability.  Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available as an option, dropping the ride height by 10mm (20mm for the S model), and the Sport Chrono Pack features a ‘Sport Response Button’ that boosts performance for ‘maximum responsiveness’ in 20 second bursts.

Aesthetically, the 718 Boxster is wider at the front, and features new headlights with DRLs (full LEDs optional), new bumpers, larger cooling ducts, and a new rear badge with accent strips.  The interior’s been restyled, with new instrument panels and an upgraded Porsche Communication Management Infotainment system.

The new Boxster will debut at the Geneva motor show in March, with first deliveries this spring. Prices start at £41,739 for the standard model and £50,695 for the Boxster S.