Porsche completely updates the Boxster and nearly renames it completely to the 2016 Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S.
Powered by a new flat four cylinder engine, its name is meant to evoke the Porsche 718 open cockpit racer from 1957 to 1962.
What Is It?
Twenty years after its introduction, the name “Porsche Boxster” still represents all that a two-seat sports car can.
With the name change to “718 Boxster,” Porsche draws a line back to one of its earliest successes, the Porsche 718. Its four cylinder engine — derived from the Porsche 356 — is the most obvious link between the sports racer from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and today’s new 718 Boxster.
The most notable change from previous Boxsters is that engine: gone is the flat six, and in its place, a turbocharged four cylinder with more power — 300 hp for the 718 Boxster and 350 hp for the 718 Boxster S. With it also comes better efficiency, which is paramount to Porsche’s future success both in the United States and in the EU. Fuel economy increased 14 percent in the New European Driving Cycle. EPA estimates aren’t finalized yet.
Turbocharging offers significantly better torque. The 718 Boxster four-cylinder generates 280-lb.ft of torque in a broad range between 1,900 and 4,500 RPM, a 36 percent increase over last year. The 718 Boxster S four provides 309-lb.ft. in the same RPM range, 43-lb.ft. better than the outgoing six-cylinder’s torque value.
The only things unchanged for 2017 are the windshield, the luggage compartment lid and the convertible top. Every other body part has undergone a transformation, as has the instrument panel. In the center stack, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is now part of the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S standard features list.
Acceleration figures for the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S improve as a result:
- 718 Boxster with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package 0-60: 4.5 seconds (0.7 sec. improvement from 2016)
- 718 Boxster S with PDK and Sport Chrono Package 0-60: 4.0 seconds (0.5 sec. improvement from 2016)
- 718 Boxster top speed: 170 MPH (8 MPH improvement from 2016)
- 718 Boxster S top speed: 177 MPH (5 MPH improvement from 2016)
The 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S feature a retuned suspension for enhanced cornering performance. The cars include an electric steering system that is 10 percent more direct than the outgoing car.
What Is Porsche Saying?
“Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is introducing the latest generation of its mid-engine roadsters featuring more power, greater fuel efficiency, and further improved handling. The new models are named 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, paying homage to the flat-four cylinder engines that were used in the mid-engine Porsche 718 sports car which won numerous races back in the late 1950s and early 1960s,” according to the Porsche press release.
What’s New for 2017
- All-new 2.0-liter flat four cylinder engine
- 300 hp – 718 Boxster
- 350 hp – 718 Boxster S
- Completely revised exterior
- All new interior and instrument panel
When Does It Go On Sale?
The 718 Boxster and Boxster S are on sale currently, and will hit dealers in June of 2016. Pricing for the 718 Boxster starts at $56,000, and the 718 Boxster S starts at $68,400.