The latest generation Porsche Boxster keeps getting better. Twenty years after the Boxster’s debut, the masterminds in Stuttgart continue to make the nameplate even better, with more power, greater fuel efficiency, and further improved handling.
Perhaps the biggest change with the latest generation, now dubbed the 718 Boxster in honor of the mid-engine Porsche 718 sports car which won numerous races back in the late 1950s and ’60s, is the powerplant. No longer is the Boxster powered by a flat six-cylinder engine.
A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now at the heart of this roadster. It generates 300 horsepower from two liters of displacement. The 718 Boxster S uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine developing 350 horsepower.
The new engines develop 35 more horsepower compared to those of the previous Boxster. In addition to more power, they’re also more efficient, with up to 14-percent better fuel economy than their predecessors, according to the New European Driving Cycle. EPA fuel economy figures have yet to be released.
With the four-cylinder engine, the 718 Boxster – when equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package – can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (0.7 seconds faster than the previous model). Meanwhile, the 718 Boxster S is capable to hitting 60 mph from a standstill in just 4 seconds flat (0.5 seconds faster than its predecessor).
Porsche didn’t stop there when revising the 718 Boxster. Well-known for exceptional handling, the Boxster continues to get even better with a retuned suspension system, enhancing cornering performance, agility and maneuverability.
While the base model is likely more than satisfactory for most drivers, more intense cornering capabilities are possible through the available Active Suspension Management system, which lowers the Boxster’s ride height and provides the driver with the right suspension calibration at all times.
As with the 911, the 718 Boxster can also be had with the aforementioned Sport Chrono Package, which gives drivers the ability to choose between Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes for a more engaging driving experience.
The 718 Boxster and Boxster S are slated to arrive in showrooms this summer. Pricing will start from $56,000 for the base model, while the 718 Boxster S will be priced from $68,400.