Fresh from the floor of the 86th edition of the Geneva Motor Show comes the refreshed Porsche Boxster, now also sporting the 718 calling – a nod to the new four-cylinder engines the series now uses.
Porsche has officially presented in front of the worldwide audience the facelifted Boxster – rebadged as the 718 Boxster – following the recent online reveal. Seen in the metal on the show floor, the model remains instantly recognizable but comes with a bolder appearance that will go a long way towards rekindling the link with the masculine fan base. The more aggressive front end comes with bigger air intakes and new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. We-re also treated to modified side skirts, larger side air intakes, as well as new door handles. We also didn’t pass by without noticing the three-dimensional LED taillights and that accent strip with Porsche lettering. The cockpit has mostly remained the same but there’s a new dashboard with circular air vents, a changed steering wheel and an upgraded Porsche Communication Management system.
The biggest change is in terms of powertrain management: the regular 718 Boxster has a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat four engine that comes with 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It has 35 hp and 74 lb-ft more than its predecessor even though two cylinders have been axed and the displacement has dropped from 2.7-liters. The same story goes for the more powerful Boxster S guise you can also admire in our live shots. It now has a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four capable of 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque – again a jump of 35 hp and 43 lb-ft of torque. The 718 Boxster S will go from not to 60 mph in four seconds flat when packing the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono Package, and it will go as fast as 177 mph. Fuel economy has also been improved – the new models come with 13 percent increase in terms of efficiency.