Driven: Porsche 718 Boxster – Wheels24

Cape Town – The 718 Boxster signals the return of the four-cylinder Porsche. Much more power, much better economy however no wonderful music.

Let’s face it, the sound of the naturally aspirated flat-6 engine in Porsche’s (981) Boxster wailing away was pure gold. 

It’s gone, replaced by a pair of blown flat-fours charged along with reshaping Boxster perceptions.

‘Sanity-robbing helicopter throb’

The sonic boom is inescapable, a monosyllabic drone that has actually hottest Impreza along with fettled exhaust created every one of over it. Saving grace is the 718 does free of the Scooby’s added layer of sanity-robbing helicopter throb.

The steering, 10% a lot faster now thanks to the adoption of the 911 Turbo’s set-up, is Much more compared to simply concerning weighting and precision, it’s the symbiotic partnership in between steering input and front wheel response, bar a couple of degrees of central slack, crucial to stay clear of fidgety freeway progress. 

But that’s just half the corner glory story; half-inch wider rear tyres, a stiffer rear subframe and firmer dampers every one of sharpen the dynamics, gifting the Boxster impeccable chassis balance and grip. 

Power

Throw in a more explosive engine and the result is an engine that revs to 7500r/minute however you’ve strike peak electricity by 6500r/min, and while there’s Much more twist on tap, the genuine urgency just begins about 2000r/minute – evidence perhaps of Porsche’s attempt to emulate the high-revving nature of the unblown motor. 

In a 718 S PDK along with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the speedometer needle blows past the 100kph mark in 4.2 seconds. Also a bog standard 718 six-rate manual does the sprint in 5.1 seconds. The brand-new turbocharged (variable turbine geometry on the S), intercooled four-cylinder engines have actually their naturally-aspirated six-pot predecessors soundly beat. And there’s an impressive established of outputs to prove it: 220kW and 380Nm from the 2.0-litre (up 25kW and 100Nm over the old 2.7-litre engine); 257kW and 420Nm for the 2.5-litre Boxster S – an improve of 25kW and 60Nm over the old 3.4-litre six-cylinder. 

Officially the 718 is as considerably as 13% Much more fuel efficient, equating to a saving of practically one litre of fuel per 100km and a CO2 reduction of 25g/km for the 2.0-litre engine – the a lot of obvious demand for the downsized engines.

New design

Styling wise, a fast scan deceives you in to thinking not considerably has actually changed and yet, the boot lid, windscreen and soft leading are the just bits carried over. Doors, bumpers, fenders, adverse mirrors, rocker panels, inlets, head- and tail-lights are every one of new. The details are exquisite, beginning at the rear where a full-width gloss black panel links the LED rear lamps – along with brand-new four-point brake light signature – and proudly houses 3 dimensional ‘Porsche’ lettering. Various other modifications consist of cleaner door handles, bigger adverse intakes and a Much more contoured front bumper incorporating slim indicators and parking lights. Dynamic full-LED headlights along with four-point LED DRLs are a must-have actually option.

Inside

The 718 has actually a beautifully gained cabin, forgiving this particular example’s German fetish red leather upholstery, however along with a 918 Spyder-motivated steering wheel. Tick the (frankly essential) Sport Chrono Package and you grab a dial on the wheel for switching in between Normal, Sport , Sport Plus and Personal drive modes.

Some points have actually been lost: aural artistry, raspy throttle response; others added: mid-range thrust, chassis grip, steering sweetness, design jewellery. The 718 Boxster is undoubtedly still precious metal, you notice it everywhere, and in Much more spots compared to ever, you simply can’t hear it anymore.

For the complete very first drive feature story make certain to get a copy of the June 2016 issue of TopCar, on sale now. 

Porsche Boxster
Price: R797 000
Engine: 1988cc, 16v, 4cyl petrol turbo, 220kW @ 6500rpm, 380Nm @ 1950-4500rpm
Transmission: 7-rate dual-clutch auto PDK, RWD
Suspension: MacPherson struts front and rear, optional adaptive dampers
Performance: 0-100km/h in 5.1sec, 275km/h, 6.9l/100km, 158g CO2/km
Length/width/height: 4379/1801/1280mm
Kerbweight: 1365kg
On sale: now

Porsche Boxster S
Price: R870 000
Engine: 2497cc, 16v, 4cyl petrol turbo, 257kW @ 6500rpm, 420Nm @ 1900-4500rpm
Transmission: 7-rate dual-clutch auto PDK, RWD
Suspension: MacPherson struts front and rear, optional adaptive dampers
Performance: 0-100km/h in 4.4sec, 285km/h, 7.3l/100km, 167g CO2/km
Length/width/height: 4379/1801/1280mm
Kerbweight: 1385kg
On sale: now