In the 20 years since its debut, the Porsche Boxster has established itself as the benchmark roadster, but Teahn Glover of Porsche Mayfair says things are about to get even better with the launch of the Porsche 718 Boxster
Words: Mark Kebble
How exciting is the new Porsche 718 Boxster launch?
For any enthusiast, the launch of a new model can bring much excitement. The key change is the advancements to make a model more powerful yet more fuel efficient: the centrepiece of the new model series is the 718 Boxster which develops 300 hp (220 kW) from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre engine, which develops 350 hp (257 kW), its greater power literally boosted by its use of a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. In fact, Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer this technology in production cars with petrol engines, both in the 911 Turbo and 718 Boxster S.
The launch of the new 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. 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.
What’s new with its performance?
The considerable power gain of 35 hp (26 kW) compared to the previous Boxster models is matched by the impressive efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13%.
Consequently, the new 718 Boxster models sprint even faster. The 718 Boxster 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).
What are the differences between the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S?
Beside the previously mentioned 0-62 mph speed differences, it would be the options available as standard. 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 active chassis, the settings for which have also been re-tuned, now offers an even broader spread between long-distance touring comfort and dynamic responsiveness.
What stands out with the design of the model line?
The exterior design has advanced comprehensively. The vehicle has been completely revised, except for the luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the powered convertible roof. Inside, a newly-designed dash panel frames the cockpit. In addition, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with state-of-the-art touchscreen and mobile phone preparation included as standard. The navigation module is available as an option.
The 718 Boxster distinguishes itself at first glance, with a much more sculptural form. The front has a wider and more purposeful appearance, with larger cooling air intakes being a distinct expression of the new turbocharged engine beating within. The nose of the 718 Boxster is completed by the new design of the Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option.
The 718 Boxster distinguishes itself at first glance with a much more sculptural form. The front has a wider and more purposeful appearance, with larger cooling air intakes being a distinct expression of the new turbocharged engine
In profile, identifying features of the new model line include independently-styled wheel arches and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins further emphasise the car’s dynamic look. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers.
The rear of the 718 Boxster has been redesigned, characterized by a much wider appearance – emphasized by the accent strip with integrated ‘Porsche’ badge between the tail lights. The tail lights were completely re-designed, and are distinguished by three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights. With Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Plus (PVTS+) as standard, the 718 Boxster offers the highest class of vehicle security.
Has the Mayfair area always been a key market for Porsche?
Celebrating a decade in Berkeley Square and the previous ten years at Park Lane, we’ve opened each Centre around the excitement of a Boxster launch so it’s a privilege to do so again on our tenth anniversary. Surprisingly, prior to 1996 the Porsche brand was not represented in Central London – possibly the most iconic and prominent city. Mayfair will always be a key area for any prestigious brand, however this is fortified that, as spectacular as our cars are on the track, highways or even country lanes, the style and comfort to run around town (or be stuck in traffic) sets the benchmark for other sports cars.
The Porsche 718 Boxster is priced from £41,739 and the 718 Boxster S from £50,695. Porsche Mayfair, Berkeley Square W1K 3NA; 020 3733 6203; porschemayfair.co.uk