Precise, not fanciful. Self-assured, not restrained. Low, wide and sleek. The exterior design of the new 718 models ushers in a new era for the Boxster with sporty, distinctive edges and clearly defined formal contours.
The horizontal geometry of the air intakes makes the front end appear even wider - and lends it added bite. The fenders? Unmistakably Porsche. Higher than the front lid, they have been styled to give prominence to the new design of the headlights, which lay bare their inner workings and incorporate the LED daytime running lights.
The side profile emphasizes the midengine layout. The wheel arches are large, designed for wheels up to 20 inches in size. One thing is clear: the new 718 models were not intended for the shelter of the garage, but for the pleasure of driving. That's precisely why the contouring on the doors purposefully directs headwind into the large air intakes on either side of the car. This ensures the optimum supply of air to the new turbocharged engines, a basis for their powerful forward thrust.
When closed, the fabric roof of the 718 Boxster completes the sleek silhouette typical of a sport car. At the push of a button, it opens and closes fully automatically in 9 seconds - even on the move, up to a speed of 31 mph.
The wing above extends automatically at a speed of 75 mph, reducing lift to provide even better roadholding performance.
Intuitive handling, performance-oriented ergonomics, a clean design. The interior of the new 718 models is also fully geared for sporty performance.
A strong emphasis on the horizontal gives the new dashboard design of the 718 models a striking appearance. And that's without sacrificing the excellent ergonomics for which Porsche is renowned: the ascending center console shortens the reach between the steering wheel and the gear lever/selector, while the clear arrangement of function buttons saves time.
Motorsport in pure form: the new sport steering wheel is derived from the 918 Spyder. The optional GT Sport steering wheel with its smaller diameter further enhances the cockpit feel. The new, fundamentally revised version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features a 7-inch multi-touchscreen. With its high-quality glass surface, it is the aesthetically pleasant addition to the center console.
The standard models are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine with direct fuel injection (DFI), VarioCam Plus and integrated dry-sump lubrication. The unit develops 300 hp at 6,500 rpm. Maximum torque is 280 lb.-ft. Thanks to turbocharged induction, it is available as low as 1,950 rpm and prevails until 4,500 rpm. With Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the new 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds, reaching a top track speed of 170 mph.
The S models draw their power from a capacity of 2.5 liters. The result is 350 hp at 6,500 rpm. The maximum torque of 309 lb.-ft. is available across an impressively wide range from 1,900 to 4,500 rpm. This engine - like the engine in the 911 Turbo - also comes equipped with variable turbine geometry (VTG). VTG provides an even more consistent delivery of power and, in turn, significantly greater driving pleasure. Propulsive potential? Top track speed is 177 mph. The S models with PDK and Launch Control complete the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds.
Auto start/stop switches off the engine when the driving speed falls below 4 mph, such as when you are approaching a red light. As soon as you release the clutch or depress the accelerator pedal, the engine restarts - swiftly and smoothly. In conjunction with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), a coasting function becomes available when the situation allows. The engine is decoupled from the transmission to avoid deceleration caused by engine braking. In this way, optimum use is made of the vehicle's momentum, enabling it to coast for longer distances.