Porsche marks 20th anniversary of Boxster with release of new 718 Boxster and Boxster S

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 30, 2016

Porsche goes back to its roots with the new 718 Boxster and Boxter S, all of which are references to the original Boxsters as well as the Porsche 718 sports car. Porsche honors the 20th anniversary of the first Boxster with new and updated versions that boast of more powerful but extremely efficient engines, and handling that builds on the originals.

With the 2-liter and 2.5-liter engines under their hoods, the 718 Boxter and Boxster S, respectively, produces amazing outputs of 300 and 350 hp. Both engines are four-cylinder engines, both of which have been newly engineered and designed by the teams at Porsche.

The Boxster S distinguishes itself with the use of a variable turbine geometry mechanism in its turbocharger. As they are updated versions of the previous Boxters, the New European Driving Cycle certified that these two new engines have better fuel efficiency – they can save 14% more fuel than their predecessors.

Power is for naught when not paired with comfort and performance features, that’s why there’s a host of those in the new Boxsters. First, engineers have made adjustments to the suspension and improved the performance of the brakes.

In addition, the body itself received several new updates to the design. But the luggage compartment lids, windshield and convertible top are unchanged.

Stepping inside the new 718 Boxster and Boxster S will show you the extent of technology in them: an updated Porsche Communicate Management and a requisite touchscreen interface greet you upon entry.

Exterior Design

As exterior design is as important to car enthusiasts as its performance, the 718 Boxster and Boxster S feature redesigned bodies. The focus has been on giving the two cars a beefed-up and muscular look. Among the exterior features of the two new Boxsters are the larger cooling air intakes that lead to the turbocharged engines.

The two cars also have a distinct front-facing profile thanks to the combination of Bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. One can even alter these with optional four-point daytime running lights combined with the LED headlights.

Another distinctive feature of the 718 Boxsters can be seen from the side – the vehicles don’t have door handle recess covers, making the profile appear smooth and slick. Other aesthetic elements include side sills and the two fins on the side air inlet panels of the 718 Boxster.

Finally, the 718 Boxster S itself is equipped, as standard, with new 19-inch wheels but buyers can opt to have 20-inch wheels installed instead. Finally, when one looks at the rear portion of the 718 Boxsters, there will be an appreciation of just how wide the Porsches’ bodies are.

A visually distinctive Porsche badge can be found nestled in between the tail lights. These lights are unique as well with the use of four-point brake lights and 3D LEDs. With adjustments to the car’s suspension, the 718 Boxsters are 10% more responsive and more agile than their predecessors.

Handling either the 718 Boxster or the 718 Boxster S is a dream that should come true for every car aficionado who manages to get their hands on these beauties, which are designed to perform well both on everyday commute and the racetrack.

An optional Porsche Active Suspension Management, when added to the package, will lower the riding height of the 718 Boxsters by 10 millimeters. Opting to get the PASM Sport Suspension package for the 718 Boxster S will lower it even further – the suspension will be 20-millimeters lower than standard.

On the other hand, integrating the Sport Chrono Package to either one of the Boxsters will allow drivers to customize the responsiveness of the engine to one of three settings. With each setting, the system automatically picks the ideal performance from the engine to achieve the best possible acceleration for the Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes.

With the upgraded Porsche Communication Management, drivers can now integrate their mobile devices to access important information like navigational information. For entertainment, the 718 Boxsters are equipped with a 110-watt Sound Package Plus for that excellent acoustic experience while driving.

Powertrain

The redesigns, of course, have resulted to improvements in the performance of the new Boxsters’ four-cylinder engines. With turbocharging, an improvement of 36% has been seen in the torque figures of the new powertrains compared to their predecessors.

The 2.0-liter engine’s torque is rated at 280 lb.ft. when running at 1,950 to 4,500 rpm, while the 2.5-liter has 309 lb. ft of torque available at 1,900 to 4,500 rpm. For comparison, the direct predecessor of the Boxster S only has 266 lb. ft. of torque in the same rpm ranges.

All of these, of course, translate to excellent acceleration. With the PDK and Sport Chrono Package installed, it takes but 4.5 seconds for the 718 Boxster to accelerate to 60 mph after starting up.

The 718 Boxster S does it even better with both enhancements installed – the time it takes to reach the same speed from a standstill is 0.5 seconds shorter. 718 Boxster and Boxster S have maximum speeds of 170 and 177 mph, respectively.

Price

Interested buyers have time to save up in preparation for the 718 Boxster and Boxster S. Slated to reach dealerships in the U.S. by late June this year, the Boxster and Boxster S will be available for $56,000 and $68,400, respectively. This is exclusive of any charges for shipping.

Press Release

POWERFUL PURITY: THE NEW PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER AND 718 BOXSTER S

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.

The centerpiece of the latest model range is the newly developed, turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine. The 718 Boxster generates 300 horsepower from two liters of displacement, while the 718 Boxster S uses a 2.5 liter engine developing 350 horsepower. The S-model also employs a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The new engines develop 35 more horsepower compared to those of the previous Boxster and are also up to 14 percent more efficient than their predecessors according to the New European Driving Cycle. EPA fuel economy figures will be available at a later date.

The completely retuned suspension and uprated brakes lay the foundation for exceptional performance and driving pleasure. The design of the new model line was also comprehensively improved. Every body part except for the luggage compartment lids, the windshield and the convertible top has been changed. Inside, a newly designed dash panel frames the cockpit. Furthermore, 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.

Efficient and powerful flat-four cylinder engines
A completely new generation of turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines takes performance and efficiency in the 718 Boxster to new heights. Turbocharging significantly boosts torque. The two-liter engine of the 718 Boxster puts out 280 lb.-ft. of torque, which is available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. To put this into perspective: The new engine makes 74 lb.-ft. or 36 percent more torque than the previous powertrain and does so over a much broader power band. The 2.5-liter engine of the 718 Boxster S develops 309 lb.-ft. from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm – a 43 lb.-ft. gain over the outgoing Boxster S engine.

This yields significant gains in acceleration. The 718 Boxster – when equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package – sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds (0.7 seconds faster than the previous model). The 718 Boxster S outfitted with these performance-enhancing options reaches 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds (0.5 seconds faster than its predecessor). The top track speed of the 718 Boxster is 170 miles per hour (8 miles per hour faster than before), and the 718 Boxster S can achieve a top track speed of 177 miles per hour (5 miles per hour faster than previously).

Turbocharging also helps the powertrains of the 718 Boxster and Boxster S to be up to 14 percent more efficient than the previous engines according to the New European Driving Cycle. EPA figures will be available at a later date.

True to their pure, driver focused character, the 718 Boxster models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), which now features fuel-saving virtual gears, is available as an option.

New design emphasizes sharpened profile
The 718 Boxster and Boxster S are immediately recognizable. The front has been resculpted and has a wider, more muscular appearance. Significantly larger cooling air intakes serve as a distinct symbol of the new turbocharged engine generation. Redesigned Bi-Xenon™ headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights are another striking feature. Optionally, LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available – a first for the mid-engine roadster.

From a side view, identifying features of the new model line include new, independently styled wings and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins emphasize the car's dynamic look. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers. New 19-inch wheels are standard on the 718 Boxster S. 20-inch wheels are optionally available.

The redesigned rear fascia of the 718 Boxster models places a much greater emphasis on width – especially due to the strip with integrated Porsche badge located between the tail lights. The new taillights stand out thanks to three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.

Sportier suspension tuning and calibration for greater agility
The outstanding dynamic performance of its namesake served as inspiration to continue to improve upon the exceptional handling of the mid-engine roadster. The 718 Boxster's completely retuned suspension enhances cornering performance. The electric steering system is 10 percent more direct than previously. This does not only increase agility and precision but also maneuverability, on challenging roads and track as well as in every-day traffic.

Optionally available: Porsche Active Suspension Management
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available as an option and includes a ten millimeter lower ride height compared to the standard suspension. For the first time, the PASM Sport Suspension with a 20 millimeter lower ride height is available as an option for the 718 Boxster S. The active suspension, which has also been retuned, offers an even broader spread between ride comfort suitable for long road trips and stiffness necessary for spirited driving.

Sport Chrono Package for particularly engaging driving experience
Just like in the 911, the optional Sport Chrono Package now includes the Individual program in addition to the three settings Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. In models equipped with PDK, the Sport Response Button, which was inspired by motorsports, has been added. It sharpens the responsiveness of the engine and the transmission to promote best possible acceleration.

New Porsche Communication Management as standard
A familiar environment awaits the driver inside the new 718 Boxster, which has been upgraded with new elements such as the instrument panel. Another defining element of the new interior layout is the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with cell phone preparation, audio interfaces and the 110 watt Sound Package Plus. The PCM can be enhanced with a navigation module including voice control. Beyond that, the Connect Plus module is available as an extension of the navigation module, providing a wide array of online services.

The 718 Boxster and Boxster S go on sale now and will reach U.S. dealers in late June 2016. The 718 Boxster has a starting MSRP of $56,000, and the 718 Boxster S from $68,400, excluding the $1,050 destination charge.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA
Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, human performance center, and fine dining restaurant. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 186 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.

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