The word was in the air for quite sometime that Porsche would be bringing back the iconic 718. In December 2015, they did launch a campaign too that teased the return of the icon. And now, a month before the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has take off the wraps of the new Boxsters that will be branded with the 718 badge.
The new Porsche 718 Boxster will go on sale by the mid of this year in Europe, followed by its release internationally. The biggest difference that comes to the new machines is the updated engines, which are now flat 4-cylinders instead of the previous flat 6 layout. These new engines are also smaller in capacity, which means that the new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S will more efficient that before.
While this might sound like a put off for petrolheads, Porsche has assured that the new engines make more power than the outgoing units. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine fitted to the Porsche 718 Boxster will be capable of producing 300 horsepower, while the Porsche 718 Boxster S gets a variable geometry turbocharger that brings the engine’s total power output to 350 horses. Whats more is that the new engines put out more torque too. The 2.0-litre unit gets a 100nm (74lb-ft) bump in torque while the 2.5-litre S model gets 58nm bump (43lb-ft) in the torque output. As a result of the better power and torque figures the new Porsche 718 Boxster smashes to 60mph (100kmph) in 4.5 sec, while the 2.5-litre 718 Boxster S completes the same run in a shorter 4.0 seconds.
In fact, Porsche is one of those company’s that is heavily focused on providing driving pleasure to their customers, since thats what their cars are primarily about. And for the enthusiast to rejoice, Porsche has planned to provide a six-speed manual transmission as standard with both the 718 Boxster models, with an optional PDK unit that can be availed for both.