For 2016, the venerable Porsche Boxster gets a new name and a new range of engines. Now dubbed the Porsche 718 Boxster, the name echoes that of the mid-engined racers of the ’50s and ’60s.
Externally, Porsche says the 718 Boxster is ‘all new’, although the boot lid, windscreen and roof have been carried over from the out-going car.
New Bi-Xenon headlights and LED running lights feature, with LED headlights available as an option.
The side air intakes are larger and the sills more pronounced, while the tail-lights are new with ‘3D’ LED elements and four-point brake lights.
The big news, however, is the new range of engines.
The standard Boxster is powered by a 2.0-litre flat ‘boxer’ four-cylinder turbocharged unit that develops 300hp and 380Nm of torque.
A six-speed manual is standard, but when mated to the optional PDK double-clutch transmission, it can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds – that’s 0.8 seconds quicker than the old model. Top speed is 170mph.
The Boxster S, meanwhile, uses a larger 2.5-litre engine that produces 350hp and 420Nm, and can complete the same 0-62mph sprint in 4.2 seconds – 0.6 seconds faster than before. Its top speed is 177mph.
Of course, the key justification for the move to four-cylinder engines is efficiency, and the company reports the Boxster achieves up to 40.9 mpg (a 5.1 mpg improvement), while the Boxster S records 38.7 mpg (an even more modest 4.3 mpg change). Emissions figures haven’t been released.
As for its on-the-road performance, the company says the chassis has been retuned for greater cornering performance and the steering is 10% more direct.
The optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) can now be specified with a greater 20mm reduction in ride height over the standard 10mm, and it features revised settings to match the new model’s characteristics.
Wheels are now 19-inches as standard on the Boxster S, with 20-inch rims available as an option.
The Sport Chrono Package now offers an individual mode in addition to Normal, Sport and Sport Plus, and when combined with the PDK transmission, a Sport Response button in the middle of the mode switch prompts the car to deliver maximum performance for 20 seconds.
Interior upgrades include a new instrument panel and a new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system.
The new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S are available to order now with first deliveries expected in the spring.
Prices start at £41,739 for the Boxster, and £50,695 for the Boxster S.