Porsche is sending the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S back to Porsche flat-four racing heritage roots from the late 1950’s with a move to reduce the amount of cylinders in their engines from six to four, according to an official Porsche press release published Tuesday.
The Boxsters will remain mid-engine with rear wheel drive. However, due to two less cylinders they will feature better fuel efficiency with more power, according to an article published on Jalopnik Tuesday. The Boxsters feature the 718 badge as a nod to the original flat-four race cars of the 1950’s and 1960’s that featured the same name. With 35 more horsepower and up to 36 percent more torque, the Porsche 718 Boxster made it to the top Facebook’s trending list on Wednesday night.
The base model Boxster comes equipped with a two-liter, flat-four cylinder, turbocharged engine which produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. The upgraded Boxster S clocks in at a bit quicker, managing to create 350 horsepower and 309 pound feet of torque from the same setup, but 2.5 liters of displacement. The Boxster can reach 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, with the Boxster S managing it in 4.0 seconds. Top speeds are 170 and 177 mph, respectively. This is pretty impressive for the entry-level Porsche. Also, beyond the eye can see, the Boxster is getting new brakes and suspension which will create a more exciting and sensitive driving experience. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard for driving enthusiasts, but drivers can opt for fuel-saving virtual gears as an option. All-in-all, the Boxster does not have current EPA numbers, but Porsche claims that it is 14 percent more fuel-efficient than previous models.
The immediately recognizable Boxster comes as a convertible and stays true to styling. Although sharpened for the new model year, it largely resembles the predecessor. The baby of the lineup, the Boxster is nimble and quite small to maintain a sporty image. Width is more of a focus on the new Boxster. With a more aggressive stance, the Boxster looks wider with larger cool-air intake vents. Further, the wide styling of the vehicle makes the center of gravity lower, which, in turn, creates an easier to handle sports coupe convertible.
The price is disappointing for the Porsche, however, due to the fact that I will not be owning one anytime soon on a student and journalist salary. The 718 Boxster starts at $56,000 with the Boxster S cracking in at $68,400. Buyers can pay now and expect to see it in the next six months. If that price seems high, used models are almost comically priced with reasonability in mind. A semi-low milage used Boxster, although slightly more than 10 years old, can reasonably command $10,000. Non-car enthusiasts won’t notice anything but the sporty convertible. However, if there is any inkling of fiscal responsibility in your blood, you will save up the $56,000 for the new one. Thats nearly the cost of a BMW 5 Series which features 55 less horsepower without a convertible.
Enthusiasts are dying the see the new 718 Boxster in person. Owners are saving their money on an exciting investment into their excitement.