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What Do You Think Of Porsche’s New 718 Boxster?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
January 27, 2016
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Photography Courtesy of Porsche

One of the best things about Porsche is the way it develops its vehicles. From the start, it’s been an engineering, task, and project-driven company, with iterations between models often spelled out plainly in chrome on the decklid: S, 4, 4S, Turbo, Turbo S…

A new Porsche model name is a big deal, and this year it’s “718 Boxster”. The it’s-been-around-for-20-years six-cylinder Boxster is no more, replaced with a four-cylinder engine family that is more powerful and more efficient. If this was a racing car we were talking about, the change would be hailed as a huge improvement. I mean, it’s going to be a quick car: 60 mph is done in 4.2 seconds if you’ve ordered the 718 Boxster S with PDK and a Sport Chrono package.

But because it means you can no longer buy a normally-aspirated 6-cylinder mid-engined Porsche, some may not welcome the changes with open arms. I think that’s probably silly. I haven’t driven the new car, and nor have you, so what will Porsche have to do to impress you with its latest mid-engined roadster?

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Greg Deschodt
Greg Deschodt
To me it’s all going to come down to “sound”. I’ve had boxster + Cayman S and the wail of the flat 6 near 7200 RPM was something I enjoyed a lot. But those cars were always a bit short on torque and power. So the turbo 4 will be a winner *IF* they can tune it to sound great (not easy, ask F1) and also have a decent RPM range. It would be sad if it ran out of steam at 5500 or something… It’s a beautiful looking car as upgraded – cannot wait to see the Cayman –… Read more »
Phil Burtscher
Phil Burtscher

Its all in the tech specs on Porsche.com Curb Weight 2944 lbs (S – 2988 lbs)

Boxerman
Boxerman
For the majority of people who buy these cars this will be an improvement. Most sporty car buyers are poseur idiots, so the turbo will sound to be an improvement. The huge low down torque along with pdk will make it feel really fast for wife no2. We know its not an improvement because it weighs more. If going to a 4 reduced weight 200lbs and improved dynamics I could see the improvemt arguement. Fortunatly porche seems to be developing a “classic” 991 and cayman line. These cars will still be NA flat 6’s and offer manuals. As they will… Read more »
58Olds
58Olds
Hate, hate, hate. Wow. I like small stuffed engines. I autocross and track day both sorts, and they simply have different characteristics. I enjoy my naturally aspirated BMW for it’s building power curve, and I equally enjoy my GTI for it’s amazingly flat power curve. I can steer both with the throttle equally well, despite the turbo, electronic throttle, and (gasp) wrong wheel drive of the GTI. I enjoy each one for what it is. Porsche was reaching the point of no separation between the series. A small turbo unit will help them reach younger (people in their 30’s, ha… Read more »
-hh Huntzinger
-hh Huntzinger
I’m pretty ambivalent about this product update. And yes, despite the name change to a number, it is merely an update. The move to “all turbos” does concern me. I understand the pollution control realities, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like how that change is being imposed. The good news is that my N/A Porsche will appreciate in value. But I do hope that Porsche is able to offer a N/A Flat 6 as an option, and hopefully at a non-outrageous price…and an official statement in this regards would be greatly appreciated by the customer community who… Read more »
M3racer
M3racer

I love it. Bring back the numbering and smaller engines with more power. Its the core of the company. For the ones that hate the car or what Porsche is doing then don’t buy it. This website is about celebrating all the creative ways car manufactures try to stand out while producing a product that everyone else is making too. Too much end of the world talk and not enough enjoyment of diversity.

Pedro Macedo
Pedro Macedo
The engine downsize doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve driven plenty of turbo cars which were highly enjoyable, it only depends on how Porsche tuned this engine. I like the minor design changes aesthetically-wise, I think it looks better than the current Boxster. The only negative side I see in this is if, in fact, it’s bigger and heavier than the current Boxster. I’d loved to see it get a bit smaller and lighter, but at the same time I’ve heard rumors about Porsche wanting to release a new entry-level car, smaller and cheaper than the 718 Boxster, which would… Read more »
Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Personally I think this a neat update of the previous Boxster, and in the UK the lower C02 rating should bring some savings in road tax. I’m not particularly bothered that it has moved from a six to a four and will be somewhat curious to hear what Porsche’s flat four sounds like (I rather like the growl that Subaru’s flat four makes).
The most interesting point on this is yet to be revealed in that will the 718 moniker allow Porsche to correct the previous curious pricing decision of making the Cayman Coupe more expensive than the open Boxster?

911erFrank
911erFrank

The only thing bothering me is that Porsche pretends this car is something new, although it is actually nothing more than a extended facelift of the existing Boxter… Otherwise, owning a flat-6 911 I am looking forward to more downsizing, fake sound etc. etc. Make me feel more proud and happy about my dated looking 911. So this is all in all great news to the Petrolicious community, isn’t it! : )

KTGTS
KTGTS

I’m not really sure what you expect the reaction to be at Petrolicious, which almost by definition is a community for get-off-my-lawn, Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, types. Most commenters here still haven’t unclutched their pearls from when water cooling became a thing.

It’s a good post to get people a-clickin’, a-commentin’, and mayhap even a-guitar-slingin’, but this isn’t really the website to glean objective commentary on any innovation.

Michael Conforti
Michael Conforti
Somehow you missed why this is going to be a flop. 1. A turbo 4 in place of a NA Flat six (that’s enough of a reason to pass) 2. Large price increase for 2 less combustion chambers. Only Porsche has the balls to try this. 3. Turbo lag. 4. Let’s see if we can may the name a little more confusing. It is very clear that they want to have the positives halo of the NA Flat 6 Caymans and Boxsters but the marketing folks want to revive the 718 model which was really a short lived race car.… Read more »
geelongvic
geelongvic
We actually don’t know enough now about weight and dimensions to give a truly valid assessment, but based on cabin appearance width, the 718 dimensionally will likely remain excessively wide and continue current Porsche trends to being portly, compared to earlier series. I suspect that longitudinally there is sufficient room for a six cylinder variant in the future, a 718/6 possibly in a year or two after the current launch. Based only on appearance, actual weight will likely be in the range of 3000+ lb, possibly 2900 lb at best. This will likely be a far distance from the 2000+… Read more »
Tom DesRochers
Tom DesRochers

I’d have to agree with GS about preferring NA over turbo for the driving experience. I’ve driven turbo cars and the power delivery took some getting used to.

Also, that video in the article had a few shots that reminded me of this (from the year 2000) https://youtu.be/45f11Bqb83c

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

They all look the same to me….

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

another n/a to mourn over.
at least they keep a manual gearbox option.
off to the lotus dealer
😉

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
Sigh … and another one bites the dust of substituting genuinely engineered normally aspirated motors for asthmatic turbos .. lag and all [ regardless of what the pundits say ] complete with flappy paddle shifty thingies . Now all Porsche needs to do is to load the thing up with enough cupholders to accommodate a baseball team along with enough infotainment in it to keep the miserable whining little dyslexic ADD hummingbird brats happy while riding in the passenger seat . And all this … just at the point where Porsche was finally beginning to deliver some 911 power to… Read more »
Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Oh wait … hang on Banovsky .. thats right … you’re an advocate for the MP4/12C derivatives as well as the Alfa 4C … never mind Banovsky … you just don’t get it … but I’ll bet with a bit of education and some serious on road and track experience …

… you could ! 😉

Koenraad De Roo
Koenraad De Roo

That is one sweet looking monster machine! Wow! I love the styling of the rear end.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Wow ? Ahem good sir . Its a mildly tarted up Boxster … at best

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