Precise, not fanciful. Self-assured, not restrained. Low, wide and sleek. The exterior design of the new 718 models ushers in a new era for the Boxster with sporty, distinctive edges and clearly defined formal contours.
The horizontal geometry of the air intakes makes the front end appear even wider – and lends it added bite. The fenders? Unmistakably Porsche. Higher than the front lid, they have been styled to give prominence to the new design of the headlights, which lay bare their inner workings and incorporate the LED daytime running lights.
The side profile emphasizes the midengine layout. The wheel arches are large, designed for wheels up to 20 inches in size. One thing is clear: the new 718 models were not intended for the shelter of the garage, but for the pleasure of driving. That’s precisely why the contouring on the doors purposefully directs headwind into the large air intakes on either side of the car. This ensures the optimum supply of air to the new turbocharged engines, a basis for their powerful forward thrust.
Another sporty detail: new exterior mirrors with v-shaped mirror base.
When closed, the fabric roof of the 718 Boxster completes the sleek silhouette typical of a sport car. At the push of a button, it opens and closes fully automatically in 9 seconds – even on the move, up to a speed of 31 mph.
The rear of the new 718 models is an expression of superlative sporty performance – and of the superlative performance of our designers. It is more cleanly defined, more pared back.
And yet it’s anything but conformist. The taillights are slim, their inner workings fashioned three-dimensionally. Four-point LED lights are incorporated into each of the horizontal rear light housing. Between the two taillights, an accent trim makes the rear end look even wider.
The wing above extends automatically at a speed of 75 mph, reducing lift to provide even better roadholding performance.
Intuitive handling, performance-oriented ergonomics, a clean design. The interior of the new 718 models is also fully geared for sporty performance.
A strong emphasis on the horizontal gives the new dashboard design of the 718 models a striking appearance. And that’s without sacrificing the excellent ergonomics for which Porsche is renowned: the ascending center console shortens the reach between the steering wheel and the gear lever/selector, while the clear arrangement of function buttons saves time.
Motorsport in pure form: the new sport steering wheel is derived from the 918 Spyder. The optional GT Sport steering wheel with its smaller diameter further enhances the cockpit feel.
The cluster of three round instruments, with the rev counter positioned in the center and flanked by a 4.6-inch color screen, is a characteristic feature.
The new, fundamentally revised version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features a 7-inch multi-touchscreen. With its high-quality glass surface, it is the aesthetically pleasant addition to the center console.
All ideal prerequisites for a sporty, active lifestyle. The details? They’re down to you. Choose from a comprehensive selection of personalization options and a new range of materials and colors.
Creating more power is still no challenge. Not unless it’s done the Porsche way. The result is an increase of up to 35 hp and 73 lb.-ft. of torque. And the fun is only just beginning.
The newly developed four-cylinder turbocharged engines with the customary Porsche horizontally opposed arrangement will surely raise the adrenaline level of the driver. Acceleration is tremendous – even in the low rpm range. This quality is supplemented by an engine map configured to offer the rev limits typical of a sports car. This means high compression and a high engine speed combined with good modulation of power output. Every drive becomes a sporting event – no matter how fast you go.
What hasn’t changed is the vehicle’s characteristically low and central center of gravity – the very reason why Porsche mid-engined models have always been so agile. The typically resonant Porsche sound is also an intrinsic feature of the new 718 models, providing the fitting soundtrack on the way to ever new heights of performance.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine
The standard models are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine with direct fuel injection (DFI), VarioCam Plus and integrated dry-sump lubrication. The unit develops 300 hp at 6,500 rpm. Maximum torque is 280 lb.-ft. Thanks to turbocharged induction, it is available as low as 1,950 rpm and prevails until 4,500 rpm. With Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the new 718 Boxster accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds, reaching a top track speed of 170 mph.
The 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine
The S models draw their power from a capacity of 2.5 liters. The result is 350 hp at 6,500 rpm. The maximum torque of 309 lb.-ft. is available across an impressively wide range from 1,900 to 4,500 rpm. This engine – like the engine in the 911 Turbo – also comes equipped with variable turbine geometry (VTG). VTG provides an even more consistent delivery of power and, in turn, significantly greater driving pleasure. Propulsive potential? Top track speed is 177 mph. The S models with PDK and Launch Control complete the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds.
In sport, performance counts. It applies to the engine and it also applies to the brakes. The new 718 models are therefore equipped with four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers.
On the new 718 Boxster, the brake calipers come with a black finish – red on the S model. Brake disc diameters are 330 mm at the front and 299 mm at the rear.
To make them tougher yet lighter and enable a more rapid response – even under extreme loads – the brake calipers have an enclosed monobloc construction.
The pedal travel is short and the biting point precise. The brake discs are crossdrilled and internally vented, which helps to provide improved wet braking and optimum cooling.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)
Proven in motorsport, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is available as an option. On the new 718 models, the cross-drilled ceramic brake discs of PCCB have a diameter of 350 mm at the front and rear – for even more formidable braking performance.
PCCB features six-piston monobloc aluminium fixed brake calipers on the front axle and four-piston units at the rear – all painted in yellow – to provide braking forces that are considerably more powerful and, crucially, are exceptionally consistent.
PCCB enables shorter braking distances in even the toughest road and race conditions. Safety under high-speed braking is also improved thanks to its excellent fading stability.
Another advantage of PCCB is the extremely low weight of the ceramic brake discs, which are approximately 50 % lighter than standard discs of a similar design and size. This results in better roadholding and increased comfort, particularly on uneven roads, as well as greater agility and a further improvement in handling.
Airbags and Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP)
The new 718 models offer advanced airbag technology in the form of full-size driver and front passenger airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident. They also feature driver and passenger knee airbags.
All 718 models are also equipped with the Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP). It comprises side impact protection elements in the doors and two airbags on each side. An integral thorax airbag is located in each seat side bolster, while the door panels each contain an upwards-inflating head airbag.
In the open-top 718 Boxster models, dual roll-over protection creates survival space in the event of a roll-over or side impact. The front roll-over protection element is made from super-high-strength steel. The rear roll-over bars located behind the seats are made from an aluminium and steel composite. These come fully trimmed and provide a high degree of safety.
Rain. Fog. Darkness. Nothing that would faze a genuine athlete. That’s why all 718 models are equipped with Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights.
At the rear, the three-dimensional design of the taillights incorporating four-point brake lights leaves a lasting impression. For powerful illumination, all functions are implemented by LED technology.
Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), which includes expressive four-point daytime running lights and headlight cleaning system, is available as an option. The dynamic cornering light function swivels the main headlights towards the inside of a bend, based on steering angle and road speed, so as to light up more of the road at tight bends and turns. Put simply, the road ahead is illuminated the moment you start to corner.
LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus)
Superior safety meets sporty design in the form of optional LED headlights including PDLS Plus. In addition to being efficient and long-lasting, LED technology also creates a light very similar to daylight and thus helps to reduce driver fatigue. Optimum visibility is assured by integrated four-point daytime running lights and the headlight cleaning system.
One special feature of PDLS Plus is the dynamic beam function. A camera detects the lights of vehicles ahead as well as those of oncoming traffic. Based on the data from the camera, the dynamic beam function then adapts the headlight range accordingly. This continuous, seamless control means that you are able to see the course of the road, pedestrians and potential hazards earlier without hindering other road users.
The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
The enhanced Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is your central control unit for all infotainment applications and is standard equipment in all models. The PCM features a high-resolution touch display with integrated proximity sensor which allows simple and convenient operation.
Infotainment already starts when you charge and connect your iPhone® or any other audio source. You can connect your device easily using either the USB port or AUX input. An internal hard drive (“Jukebox”) and two SD card readers are provided in addition to the CD/DVD drive for playback of your personal music. After inserting the SD cards, you can simply play your music with the music player in the PCM.
The mobile phone preparation makes it easy for you to establish a Bluetooth® connection to a mobile phone that supports the hands-free profile (HFP). The cell phone can remain in your pocket or bag.
Further information on the availability of the functions and services described here and under “Porsche Connect” for your Porsche model is available in the Porsche Car Configurator and from your authorized Porsche dealer.
The optional Connect module makes the optimum connection between your smartphone and your Porsche. It offers Apple® CarPlayTM which allows you to use selected functions on your iPhone® through the PCM and Porsche Car Connect services which allows you to remotely access some of the vehicle functions.
At www.porsche.com/connect, you can find further information about the Connect module.
The Connect Plus module ensures maximum connectivity in your Porsche.
It features an built-in LTE module with a SIM card slot for an excellent wireless Internet access point which gives you in-car online access from WLAN-enabled client devices (e.g. laptops, tablets or smartphones), simultaneously if necessary.
What’s more, the Connect Plus module enables the usage of wide range of Porsche Connect services. Get more out of your everyday and delegate the multitasking to your sports car – so you can spend more time driving your Porsche.
With the Connect Plus module, you have access to a range of helpful Porsche Connect services. For example, real-time traffic information which provides you excellent visual aid so you can be sure that you’re on the fastest route to your destination even before you set off. Throughout the journey, the real-time traffic information is regularly updated to keep you on the recalculated optimum route. For better familiarity with your surroundings at your destination and along the way, GOOGLE® Street View and GOOGLE® Earth provide 360° views and satellite imagery in the map view of the PCM.
At www.porsche.com/connect, you can find further information about the apps and services available
In addition to its range of smart services, Porsche Connect offers two smartphone apps. The first, Porsche Car Connect, lets you use your smartphone or Apple Watch® to retrieve vehicle data and remotely control selected vehicle functions. Another feature is the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS) including theft detection, enabling the remote location of a stolen vehicle across most of Europe.
The second app is the Porsche Connect app. This allows you to send chosen destinations to your Porsche before you start your journey. As soon as your smartphone has connected to PCM, you will be able to display them in the vehicle and transfer them directly to the navigation system. Even your smartphone calendar can be viewed directly on PCM and stored addresses used for route guidance. What’s more, the Porsche Connect app gives you access to millions of music tracks thanks to its built-in music streaming function.
At www.porsche.com/connect, you can find further information about the apps and services available.
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders : Boxer engine / 4
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