Not too long ago, Porsche teased the return of the new 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman in glorious fashion, now we get an even beefier sexier version of the Porsche Boxster. The switch up entitled that the Porsche Cayman would be at the bottom end of the Porsche sports car range while the Boxster convertible gets the price premium over the hard top version.
The car will be available in June, Prices start at $57,050 for the base 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster while the Boxster S is priced at a hefty $69,450 seeing an increase of $3,900 over the current model Boxster and $4,500 over the current Boxster S.
Now the sad part, or the good part? That depends on you! As of now, all Porsche Boxsters and Caymans will be offered with the new 2.0 liter turbocharged flat-four which makes 300 horsepower – 35 more that the current V6 found in the current Boxster S. So more power right? Yea, with the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S you get even more out of that flat four, 350 hp to be precise thanks to the bigger displacement 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four and the increased torque seen from the insane new engine makes things even better.
Previously, people complained from the 2.7-liter flat six’s late power delivery seen at higher RPMs, now with the new 2.0-liter, expect 74-lb-ft more (280 total) seen at an impressive 1950-4000 rpm range. The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S is even torquier with 309 lb-ft from the 2.5 liter version making it as strong as the current Boxster Spyder 3.8-liter engine, it really is the era of the turbocharger.
Numbers are good and all, but what about the performance? Porsche says the new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster equipped with a Sport-Chrono package and a PDK gearbox will do a 0-60 mph run in 4.5 seconds while the 718 Boxster S will do the same in 4.0 seconds. The new models top out at 170 mph and the S version at 177 and fuel-efficiency is expected to improve over 14 percent from the current six cylinder engines.
What if you like shifting yourself? Fortunatley, Porsche still ofers the great six-speed manual with crisp shifts and the PDK is also available for lightning fast shifts thanks to the new feature called the “virtual gears”, meaning that the transmission will engage both clutches lightly to activate the seconds and third gear simultaneously when the driver is going slow, or while the engine is under minimal load to get maximum efficiency by splitting the difference in ratios.
Every one knows and loves the Porsche Active Suspension Management system also known as “PASM” but Porsche has even more goodies to make the new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster stand out from the outgoing version. This is achieved by dropping the ride height by 0.4 inches (0.4 inches even more with PASM sport suspension-option only avaibale on the 718 Boxster S version) This will offer an even broader spread between comfort and sportiness, as some people prefer the softer ride with a sporty feel but don’t want to go all the way. You will also get the option to get an Individual program added to the Sport and Sport Plus settings on the Sport-Chrono version with an added Sport Response button to further enhance acceleration.
The introduction of the Flat-Four engine is interesting and I would like to see how that plays out for Porsche, regardless of personal opinion I really think this might be a good move in sorting out that model range although the increased price does not make any sense for the consumer. Porsche made sure the new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster looks different by adding some subtle changes to the rear and the front for that bit of extra refinement. The LED headlights will now be available with an optional Porsche Signature four-point DRLS seen in new models like 911 and 918. Were the changes enough to condone such a price increase? Porsche claims that every panel save for the hood and decklid has been changed.