The Boxster currently is their cheapest model but despite that, it still is one of the best sports cars ever made with a soft-top. Well, in order to make it even better, the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster is now turbocharged which should add a bit of oomph to the car. Also, on top of the new engines and added power, the car features a new suspension system which is up to 10% more rigid than the one before it.
On top of that, it is 10mm lower on the base model and 20mm lower on the S Boxster meaning it will get trickier to park in unusual places and it should offer a more direct response than before.
Also, the “718” number in the car’s name isn’t just its model number. Instead, this time around Porsche will sell the car as the 718 Boxster because there are making a reference to the 718 race-car which was used more than 50 years ago. This is important because that car was using a four cylinder boxer engine and the new Boxster is using the exact same setup, meaning it is Porsche’s first four cylinder car in a very long time.
Refreshed Design – Interior & Exterior
The outside of the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster did not change all that much over the ongoing model, despite the fact Porsche is saying that all the panels, except the trunk and hood, are all new. The car looks slightly more athletic but this is because it has a new bumper with wider air intakes, slimmer fog-lamps and new side vents and lines which make us think about the 1990s super-cars. The back also received a new strip between the tail-lights which seems to act as a hot-air exhaust while the wheels will be all new on all models.
Inside the cabin, the new Boxster received a new dashboard design which is slightly curvier than before. This not only makes it look a bit more stylish but it also makes the design a bit cleaner. The steering wheel looks to be the same one found on the 918 while the infotainment system is the latest Porsche has to offer.
|Width (w/ mirrors folded)||70.9 Inches (78.5 Inches)|
|Curb Weight||2.944 LBS|
The Engine range & Specs
Under the rear deck-lid there is the most interesting feature of the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster. Here, instead of the old flat-6 engines, the car is rocking two different turbocharged flat-4 mills. The base model is using a 2 liter flat-4 turbo engine which is good for 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque while the S model gets a larger 2.5 liter flat-4 which offers up to 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque.
This not only makes the Boxster more powerful than the Cayman, but also lighter, especially since these new engines are up to 10% lighter and up to 20% more efficient than the larger naturally aspirated engines of the previous models. The best part about them is that the torque is available from as low as 1,900 rpm meaning that the 718 will feel much faster than before.
|The Engine range|
|Porsche 718 Boxster||Porsche 718 Boxster S|
|Displacement||2.0 liters||2.5 liters|
|Horsepower||300 HP @ 6.500 RPM||350 HP @ 6.500 RPM|
|Torque||280 LB-FT||309 LB-FT|
A 6 speed manual will be offered as standard on both models while a PDK will be offered as an option. When equipped with the latter, the Boxster will get to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds and up to 170 MPH while the Boxster S will go to 60 MPH in 4 seconds and get up to a maximum top speed of 177 MPH which is nearly 911 territory.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Price details
The car will be released in its final shape at the Geneva Auto Show next month but Porsche already did release the prices and we’re not all that fond of them. This is because the new Boxster starts at $57,000 while the S at $69,000 which is nearly a $4,000 bump over the previous model, basically putting the car in the same price-range with the Corvette.
The biggest competitors are: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and Audi TTS Roadster.
- better performance and more aggressive design
- improved fuel efficiency
- upgraded system of turbocharged
- Alfa Romeo 4C is big competitor
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