CONTINUING the tradition of the four-cylinder flat engines used in its legendary 1950’s mid-engine sports cars, winning races including Targa Florio and Le Mans, Porsche is restructuring its mid-engine roadsters with a new generation 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S.
The news comes 20 years after the original Boxster made its debut, and the new model series will see a four-cylinder flat engine with turbo-charging. The 718 Boxster develops 220 kW (300hp) of power from two litres of engine displacement, with the S model attaining 257 kW (350hp) from 2.5 litres displacement.
The Boxster S also uses variable turbine geometry (VTG) technology, making Porsche the only manufacturer to offer VTG in production cars with petrol driven engines. Both models offer fuel economy improvements of 13 per cent.
The completely new chassis tuning and stronger brakes provide for passionate and sporty driving pleasure. The design of the new model line was also comprehensively advanced.
The vehicle was completely revised except for the luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the convertible top. Inside, a newly designed dash panel frames the cockpit. In addition, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a state-of-the-art touchscreen is included as standard. The navigation module is available as an option.
The launch of the new 718 Boxster generation represents the first time since the late 1960s that Porsche is again implementing sports cars with four-cylinder flat engines.
Turbocharging significantly boosts torque. The two-litre engine of the 718 Boxster has a maximum torque of 380 Newton metres, which is available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
The market launch of the new mid-engine sports car begins on April 30 in Europe. Pricing starts at €53,646 in Germany, and the 718 Boxster S from €66,141.