The latest iteration of Porsche’s incomparable two-seater Roadster comes with a brand-new four-cylinder petrol engine and a retuned chassis that creates an even more thrilling driving experience. A new version of the Boxster S, meanwhile, ramps up the thrills even further.
To experience the 718 Boxster, get in touch with the Jardine Motors Group Porsche Centres in Cambridge, Colchester, East London or South London.
Considering the vigorous engine and low weight of the 718 Boxster, it is necessary to put sophisticated systems in place to ensure that the vehicle is kept under control at all times.
A relatively long 2475mm wheelbase, as well as the precision of the new direct steering system and an array of traction control functions, guarantees a stable platform.
Quick-deploying anti-roll bars and driver and passenger airbags keep you as safe as possible in the event of a collision.
The 718 Boxster differentiates itself from its predecessor with a variety of subtle styling cues. Extra road presence has been generated by a new front bumper, as well as larger cooling ducts either side of the front apron and in front of the rear wheel arches.
At the rear, a distinctive accent trim makes the new model look wider and more imposing than before, and is accompanied by an active spoiler. The fabric roof, meanwhile, is electronically retractable and can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph.
A thoughtfully-designed cockpit constructed from premium-quality materials helps drivers to make the most of every journey. Ergonomics are excellent and intuitive – such simple measures as an ascending centre console, which puts the gear lever a short distance away from the steering wheel, improving both comfort and the driving experience.
Buyers in pursuit of an even lower and sportier ride can opt for the Porsche Active Suspension Management, which lowers ride height improving both driving dynamics and the external aesthetics of the car.
The 718 Boxster is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine with 300hp and maximum torque of 380Nm, whilst the even more powerful 718 Boxster S is fitted with a larger 2.5 litre unit with 350hp and 420Nm. Importantly, both engines have a large spread of torque, making both models hugely responsive even at low speeds. The “standard” Boxster makes the 0-62mph dash in 4.9 seconds (which it should be noted is significantly faster than the original Boxster S’s acceleration times over the same metric) and boasts a top speed of 170mph – naturally, the Boxster S is quicker still, reaching 62mph in just 4.2 seconds and reaching a top speed of 177mph.
Buyers have the choice between a six-speed manual transmission or an optional dual-clutch PDK automatic gearbox. Inside, a wealth of communications and entertainment functions are available through the newly released 4th generation of Porsche Communication Management system, which is controlled through a more responsive 7” haptic feedback enabled touchscreen display.
Using the PCM – which can be fully integrated with your smartphone – you can access satellite navigation and connect to the outside world through its telephone and wireless internet functions.
|Vehicle Length||4,379 mm/172.4in|
|Vehicle Width||1,801 mm/70.9in|
|Vehicle Height||1,281 mm/50.4in|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||1,335kg/2943lbs|
|Engine / Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4|
|Maximum Revs||6500 rpm|
|Max Torque||380nm @ 1950-4500rpm|
|Max Power||300hp @ 6500 rpm|
|Top Speed||170 mph|
|Acceleration 0-62 mph||4.9 seconds|
|Urban Cycle||28.4 mpg|