The Porsche 718 Boxster is down on cylinders but up on power, thanks to new turbo flat-fours.
As its public debut inches closer, local pricing and specifications have been revealed for the new Porsche Boxster range.
The new generation Boxster will be available in two variants, the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. The mid-engine roadsters have been treated to newly-developed turbocharged four-cylinder motors, ending a tradition of naturally-aspirated flat-six power. The 718 Boxster makes 220kW from its horizontally-opposed 2.0-litre engine, while the higher-spec 718 Boxster S makes 257 kW thanks to its larger 2.5-litre powerplant.
The 718 range represents the first time Porsche has used four-cylinder flat engines since the late 1960s. Modern turbocharging capabilities have led to a 25kW gain across the board.
Torque figures have also been greatly improved. The entry-spec 2.0-litre version is capable of 380Nm and the 2.5-litre S makes up to 420Nm; that translates to 100Nm and 60Nm advancements, respectively.
Like the 911 Turbo, the new Boxster S features a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. Porsche is now the only manufacturer to implement VTG technology across its petrol-driven production cars.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, although a seven-speed PDK twin-clutch system is available, and will prove the most popular shifting option.
With PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package, the 718 Boxster can reach a top speed of 275km/h and will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.7sec; that’s 0.8sec faster than its six-cylinder predecessor.
When the same configuration is applied to the S model, the car is capable of 0-100km/h in 4.2sec, a 0.6sec improvement. The S variant will now reach a top speed of 285km/h.
PASM active sport suspension will be available, the optional feature capable of lowering the 718 Boxster 10mm, or 20mm for the S variant.
Subtle styling changes have been made to both the interior and exterior, with only a few convertible components remaining untouched.
Australian-spec 718s come standard with bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system.
The 718 Boxster S is equipped with new 19-inch wheels, however a 20-inch wheel option will be available. Chassis and Brake components are said to have been revised, although Porsche is yet to release detailed specifications.
The Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S variants are expected to arrive mid-2016, with pricing starting at $113,100 and $143,400 respectively.
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