Porsche introduces the 718 Boxster with turbo-four [videos] image

Porsche has officially kicked in the age of downsizing as it has officially presented online the new 718 Boxster – the name change and facelift aren’t the biggest novelties.

The main issue here is the adoption of a smaller turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain. The design remain instantly recognizable as the model has incurred subtle changes: we have a more aggressive front end with bigger air intakes and new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. Moving along the new lines we saw the modified side skirts, larger side air intakes, and modified door handles. Further back we noticed the three-dimensional LED taillights and the new accent strip with Porsche lettering. The cockpit is largely unchanged from the predecessor while the 718 Boxster now sports a new dashboard with circular air vents – there’s also a new steering wheel and a fresher version of the Porsche Communication Management system.

The base 718 Boxster is motivated by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter flat four engine churning out 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque – which means this smaller than previous 2.7-liter flat six brings to the table an additional force of 35 hp and 74 lb-ft. There’s also the more powerful 718 Boxster S which comes up with a larger turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four powerplant good for 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque – another jump of 35 hp and 43 lb-ft of torque. Using the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono Package, the 718 Boxster will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 4.5 seconds and will top out at 170 mph. The 718 Boxster S meanwhile will need just four seconds and will keep going until it reaches 177 mph. Porsche says the downszing has helped reduce fuel consumption by up to 13 percent. In the US prices for the Porsche 718 Boxster start at $56,000 and for the S version at $68,400 with first deliveries taking place in June.