Twenty years after Porsche unveiled their first generation Porsche Boxster, Porsche revamps the Boxster name, refreshes the looks and subtracts two cylinders in favor of turbocharged flat-fours.
Earlier last year we heard rumors that Porsche was replacing the Boxster moniker in favor of a 718 tacked on to the rear badges and it looks like those rumors were true. Paying homage to the mid-engined racecars of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Porsche officially unveiled a new name as well as improved styling and an entirely new powerplant that replaced their tried and true flat sixes.
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The biggest news are those forced induction fours. The standard 718 Porsche Boxster gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged flat-four making 300 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque with all that torque available from 1,950 – 4,500 RPM. The 718 Boxster S gets a 2.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder making 350 HP and 309 lb-ft with torque delivery available in a simliar rev range.
With anything turbocharged in this new era of sports cars, torque is the name of the game and the tail of the tape says it all. The blast to 60 MPH in the 718 Boxster takes just 4.5 seconds and the Boxster S scrubs half a second from that hitting 60 MPH in four seconds flat.
Both will come standard with a six speed manual with Porsche’s famed PDK optional on each.
This current Porsche Boxster is a logical evolution of the third generation Porsche Boxster. Keen eyed viewers can see LED available headlights in press photos which should be optional. Looking at the side profile, those side air intakes are a bit larger and more agressive. Outback, if anyone forgets they’re following a Porsche, Porsche has added their nameplate spelled out on the rear engine cover.
MSRP for this revised entry-level Porsche starts out at $57,050 with the 718 Boxster S retailling for $69,450 (a $12,400 premium.)
You won’t have to wait to long if you live in the United States as these bad boys hit showroom floors in June 2016.