All-New 718 Porsche Boxster, Boxster S Make Local Debut
SAN JUAN – Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, local Porsche distributor Garage Europa-Porsche Center introduced Tuesday the latest generation of its mid-engine roadsters during a special media presentation held at the Museum of Transportation in Guaynabo.
“The 718 Boxster is the best way to enter the world of Porsche’s two-seater sports cars. In addition to offering an unsurpassed handling experience within its segment, it has the distinctive advantage of being a convertible,” Víctor M. Gómez III, president of Garage Europa-Porsche Center and Gómez Hermanos Kennedy LLC, said during the event. “Our clients in Puerto Rico know it, and that’s the reason the great acceptance this model has enjoyed over the past two decades.”
The new Boxsters feature more power, greater fuel efficiency and improved handling. The new models are named 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, paying homage to the flat-four cylinder engines used in the mid-engine Porsche 718 sports car that won numerous races back in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The centerpiece of the latest model range is the newly developed, turbocharged flat-four cylinder engine. The 718 Boxster generates 300 horsepower from two liters of displacement, while the 718 Boxster S uses a 2.5-liter engine developing 350 horsepower.
The “S” model also employs a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The new engines develop 35 more horsepower compared with those of the previous Boxster and also are up to 14% more efficient than their predecessors.
The completely retuned suspension and uprated brakes lay the foundation for exceptional performance and driving pleasure. The design of the new model line was also comprehensively improved.
Every body part except for the luggage compartment lids, the windshield and the convertible top has been changed. Inside, a newly designed dash panel frames the cockpit.
Furthermore, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a state-of-the-art touchscreen is standard. The navigation module is available as an option.
Efficient and powerful flat-four cylinder engines
The completely new generation of turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines takes performance and efficiency in the 718 Boxster to new heights.
The 718 Boxster models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), which now features fuel-saving virtual gears, is available as an option.
The sportscar’s 2.0-liter engine of the 718 Boxster puts out 280 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque, which is available from 1,950 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 4,500 rpm. To put this into perspective: The new engine makes 74 lb.-ft. or 36% more torque than the previous powertrain and does so over a much broader power band.
The 2.5-liter engine of the 718 Boxster S develops 309 lb.-ft. from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm – a 43 lb.-ft. gain over the outgoing Boxster S engine. This yields significant gains in acceleration.
The 718 Boxster—when equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package—sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds (0.7 seconds faster than the previous model).
The 718 Boxster S outfitted with the same performance-enhancing options reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds flat (0.5 seconds faster than its predecessor).
The top track speed of the 718 Boxster is 170 miles per hour (8 miles per hour faster than the previous model), and the 718 Boxster S can achieve a top track speed of 177 miles per hour (5 miles per hour faster than previously).
Turbocharging also helps the powertrains of the 718 Boxster and Boxster S to be up to 14% more efficient than the previous engines.
The 718 Boxster has a starting price in Puerto Rico of $73,999, while the Boxster S starts at $89,219, both including local excise taxes.