Previously previewed at the Porsche World Roadshow, Porsche Malaysia today unveiled the anticipated 718 Boxster for the domestic market. Priced from RM 480,000, the Porsche 718 Boxster was conceived in December 2015 when the Stuttgart-based marque announced the 718 designation for two essential models, the Boxster and Cayman. For the Malaysian market, the Porsche 718 Boxster is available in standard and 718 Boxster S variants.
The 718 model line can be recognized at first glance. The front end of the new roadster exhibits a more sculptural form. The front has a wider and more masculine appearance. The much larger cooling air intakes at the front 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 Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), and is integrated with the LED DRLs. The LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option.
From the side view, identifying features of the new model 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 Boxster S. 20-inch diameter wheels are available as an option. A quintessential Boxster characteristic, the fabric roof, can be opened and closed in just 9 seconds up to a speed of 50 km/h. 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.
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, a 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 centerpiece of the 718 Boxster is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging. With a 2.0-liter engine, the 718 Boxster develops 300 horsepower, while the 718 Boxster S employs a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, generating 350 horsepower from 2.5 litres of displacement. In the S-model, Porsche also uses a turbocharger with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG).
The 718 Boxster, with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package, sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds faster). The 718 Boxster S with the same equipment completes this discipline in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The top speed of the 718 Boxster is 275 km/h, and the 718 Boxster S has a top speed of 285 km/h.
The Porsche turbo concept is boosting driving performance while improving fuel economy. In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km (1.0 l/100 km less). In the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-liter turbo flat engine with PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km (0.9 l/100 km less). In Malaysia, the 718 Boxster models are equipped with seven-speed PDK as standard.
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.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a ten millimeter lower ride height comes in standard for both 718 Boxster models. For the first time, the PASM sport chassis with a 20 millimeter 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.
The retail base price for the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S starts from RM 480,000.00 and RM 620,000.00. All prices stated come with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package.