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Porsche’s Boxters get four-pot, turbo power

PORSCHE’S new linup of Boxters will be powered by just four-pots, the first time since the late 1960s the company is implementing sports cars with four-cylinder flat (i.e., horizontally opposed, or “boxer”) engines.

reoutgoing Boxsters were equipped with 2.7-litre, 6-cylinder boxer engines.

The new Boxster mid-engine roadster lineup comprises the new 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S.

The centerpiece of the new model series is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging.

The 718 Boxster develops 220kW (300hp) of power from 2.0 litres of engine displacement, while the 718 Boxster S attains 257 kW (350 hp) from 2.5 litres.

The two-litre turbocharged engine of the 718 Boxster has a maximum torque of 380 NN·m (a gain of 100 N·m over the previous model), which is available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The 2.5-liter engine of the 718 Boxster S attains 420 N·m (60 N·m more) over a speed range from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

The 718 Boxster—with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package—sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds faster). The 718 Boxster S with the same equipment completes this in 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The top speed of the 718 Boxster is 275 km/h (171 mph), and the 718 Boxster S has a top speed of 285 km/h.

The Porsche turbo boosts driving performance while also improving fuel economy. In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km while the 718 Boxster S’, 2.5-litre turbo flat engine with PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km.

The 718 models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), which now features fuel-saving virtual gears, is available as an option.

As for the rest of the cars, suspension components and tuning have received attention and an option is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a 10mm lower ride height.

For the first time, the PASM sport chassis with a 20 millimeter lower ride height is available as an option for the 718 Boxster S. The active chassis, which has also been retuned, offers an even broader spread between long-distance touring comfort and dynamic sporty stiffness.


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