Porsche 718 Boxster In December, Porsche announced that they would re-badged two of its core variants to include the 718 designation to further define its 2016 make-over. The Porsche Boxster and Cayman thus become the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman for 2016. Both variants share similarities on visual and technical aspects.

On looks, the Porsche 718 Boxster has a more sculptural front end to present a wider and masculine outlook. The much larger cooling air intakes are a distinct exterior expression of the new turbo engine concept. The front-end of the 718 Boxster is rounded out by the new design of the bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED DRLs (LED headlights with four-point DRLs valid as option). To the side, identifying features of the new 718 Boxster line include new, independently styled wings and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins emphasize the car’s dynamic look. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers. New 19-inch wheels are standard on the 718 Boxsters. 20-inch diameter wheels are available as an option.

From the rear, the redesigned rear body of the 718 Boxster has a much wider look, especially due to the accent strip with integrated Porsche badge between the tail lights. The entirely redeveloped tail lights are distinguished by their three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.

The Porsche 718 Boxster features a newly-developed 2.5-liter four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging to push power output from 300 – 350 hp and 380 – 420 Nm (1,900 – 4,500 rpm). With the S version, a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry is added to the package for more juice or additional hp. Compared to the previous Boxster, the 718s have 35 hp more and fuel economy improvement of 13 percent. Top speed and 0 – 100 km/h sprint figures are 285 km/h and 4.7 seconds (with Sport Chrono package and PDK). The engines are paired to six-speed manual transmission as standard and PDK as an option.

Fuel consumption wise, a NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km (1.0 l/100 km less). In the 718 Boxster, the 2.5-liter turbo flat engine with PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km (0.9 l/100 km less).

Inside, the 718 Boxster incorporates newly-designed dash panel frames around the cockpit, new instrument panel, as well as a touchscreen with navigation as an option (Porsche Communication Management). The latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (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.

The completely new chassis tuning and stronger brakes provide for passionate and sporty driving pleasure. The design of the new line-up was also comprehensively advanced. The vehicle was completely revised except for the luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the convertible top.

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 ten per cent more direct. This makes the 718 Boxster even more agile and easier to steer, both on circuit tracks and in everyday traffic.

As in the 911, the optional Sport Chrono Package now comprises the Individual program in addition to the three settings Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. In the 718 Boxster with PDK, the Sport Response Button has been added, which is located at the middle of the driving program switch.

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