The new Porsche 718 Boxster has been unveiled and with its turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine it has a combined fuel consumption figure of 40.9mpg (with PDK transmission) which is 5.1mpg more than the previous model. This is better than the manual, which returns 38.2mpg.
There’s also a 718 Boxster S; with its 2.5-litre turbo engine with PDK it returns 38.7mpg combined (4.3mpg more than the previous model).
Each 718 model is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which now features fuel-saving ‘virtual gears’ previously introduced on the 911 model series, is available as an option.
The new 718 Boxster name sits beside Porsche models with numbered identities – 911 Carrera, 918 Spyder and 919 Hybrid.
The Porsche 718 Boxster develops 300hp (220kW) from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre engine and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, which develops 350 hp (257 kW).
The exterior design of the vehicle has also been completely revised and inside there’s a newly-designed dash panel, with the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM).
The launch of the new Porsche 718 Boxster represents a return by Porsche to building sports cars with flat four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines. The addition of a turbocharger significantly boosts torque. The pull of the 2.0-litre engine in the 718 Boxster has increased by nearly a quarter versus the prior model, with 380 Nm of torque (a gain of 100 Nm) available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
In the case of the 2.5-litre engine in the 718 Boxster S, this generates 420 Nm (60 Nm more) across a speed range from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
The 718 Boxster – with optional PDK double-clutch automatic transmission and the Sport Chrono Package – sprints from 0 – 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds quicker). The equivalent 718 Boxster S accomplishes this in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The top speed of the 718 Boxster is 275 km/h (170 mph), and the 718 Boxster S has a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).
Available as an option is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) combined with a 10mm lower ride height. For the first time, a PASM Sport Chassis with a 20mm lower ride height can also be specified as an option for the 718 Boxster S.
The new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S are available to order today from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland. First deliveries will be in the Spring.
The 718 Boxster is priced from £41,739 and the 718 Boxster S from £50,695.