Those new engines produce more power and torque than the old car’s flat-sixes, while returning a claimed 14 percent better fuel efficiency. In the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, a 2.0-liter turbo engine makes 300 hp and 280 lb-ft, up from 275 hp and 207 lb-ft in the old base Boxster. Moving up to the 718 Boxster S brings a 2.5-liter engine with a variable-geometry turbo, rated for 350 hp and 309 lb-ft, increases of 35 hp and 43 lb-ft compared to the old S.
Though a six-speed manual transmission is standard on both models, Porsche’s PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional, and it now has the “virtual gear” system used on other models that helps save fuel when cruising. With PDK and the Sport Chrono pack, the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and tops out at 170 mph, 0.7-sec quicker and 8 mph faster than before. For the 718 Boxster S, those benchmarks are 4.0 seconds and 177 mph.
More aggressive look
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster has also been thoroughly redone on the outside, with a new front fascia that has larger air intakes, new LED running lights, and new side air intakes. Out back, the most striking change is a new rear spoiler design which protrudes between the dark-tinted taillights and features a retro-styled PORSCHE script. Porsche says that every exterior body part except the “frunk” lid, windshield, and convertible top has been revised.
Within the snug two-seat cabin, the latest Porsche Communication Management touchscreen infotainment system comes as standard. Other subtle interior tweaks include rounded dashboard air vents and a new three-spoke steering wheel.
Other mechanical improvements include a retuned suspension, as well as electric steering that Porsche claims is 10 percent “more direct” than on the already superb outgoing car. Porsche Active Suspension Management is available, and on the 718 Boxster S, the optional PASM Sport suspension lowers the car by 0.8 inch for improved handling.
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster is on sale now and reaches U.S. dealers by June. The base model starts at $57,050 with destination, while the Boxster S lists from $69,450. Stay tuned for the arrival of the related 718 Cayman, which should use the same engines with the same power ratings, later this year.