Porsche has done some incredible things over the years. I’m talking about the race heritage and road car history. Legendary cars from the 911, to the Carrera GT and now the 918 Spyder. The list goes on and on, and that is a whole article for a different time.
In recent years, Porsche has been following the change in times by offering smaller engines in their cars along with forced induction set ups.
For example, the new 718 line of Boxster’s and Cayman’s.
I was really confused when the whole “718” line came out for Porsche. Not only by the name, but by a sudden change in prices for the two models.
Historically, the Boxster has been cheaper than the Cayman. It’s been that way for years. But, since Porsche came under new management, that law of the universe changed. Now, the Boxster starts at a higher price than the Cayman. This is because the new owners and directors of Porsche decided to have the convertible car (Boxster) to be more expensive than the coupe (Cayman).
In the automotive world, this makes perfect sense. But what is “718”?
Well, after some research I found that the 718 name plate is embedded in Porsche’s history. In 1957, Porsche made the original 718 race car that raced and won for years. The key note here is that the 718 used a four cylinder engine.
So, that brings us to the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter. As you can imagine, this is the first Boxster with a four cylinder, turbo charged engine.
With the new pricing gap, the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter aims toward higher marks, and scuffs heads with the 911. Something I never thought I’d see from a Boxter.
The Specs-2017 Porsche 718 Boxter:
|Vehicle Type:||Convertible sports coupe|
|Power Plant:||2.5 L Turbo 4-cyl/2.0 L turbo 4-cyl|
|Gearbox:||7 speed auto/6 speed manual|
|MPG:||Up to 35 Highway/31 City (Eco)|
|Torque:||280 Lb-ft – 309 lb-ft.|
|Top Speed:||177 MPH|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||3.9 – 4.8 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$56,000 (est).|
The Exterior-2017 Porsche 718 Boxter:
The Porsche Boxter, through the years, has always looked like the cheapest Porsche you could buy (which it was). Even though the Boxter has always driven very, very good, the styling of the Boxter made it look cheap.
Well, that is no longer the case. The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter looks more like a classic, stylish sports convertible.
Porsche continues to design their cars in a more conservative tone. There aren’t any aggressive slashes or monstrous air intakes like we see on other makes in a similar class and price. Porsche’s new 2017 Boxter almost looks like a smaller Panamera in the front with how it’s shaped. A moderately styled sports car.
While the front of the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter is a very simple landscape, the silhouette remains a strong and sporty one.
The ride height is very low, and the hips flow over the wheels smoothly.
There are a few elements we’ve seen on past Boxsters, such as the large side air intake, dual exhaust in the middle of the rear and the overall shape of the car.
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter is the best looking Boxster that’s ever been made. Some are split on how it performs and what it is like to drive, but there is no denying the Boxster is truly a stunning vehicle to stand next to. No longer is it a cheap looking sports car.
Even in the cheaper base configurations, the Boxster sticks to looking the part of a $60,000 sports coupe.
The Interior-2017 Porsche 718 Boxter:
In the past, again, the Porsche Boxster suffered from getting the short end of the stick in terms of styling. The inside of the Boxster before 2012 hasn’t been the most desirable place to be, but this new one changes that.
However, it’s getting hard to distinguish between the cars in Porsche’s 2-door line up. Between the Cayman, 911 and Boxster, the interiors of Porsche’s have all of the same elements. A long center tunnel, center clock, similarly shaped air vents and identical controls.
I do love the (again) simple design we see on the inside, though. Classic stuff from Porsche. Everything is very easily laid out, even though the design of the center tunnel calls attention to any blank buttons you might have on your spec. Not a pretty sight on a $60,000 car.
All Boxster’s seat two adults comfortably, with modest comfort.
The Performance-2017 Porsche 718 Boxter:
As I said in the intro, Porsche switched to a turbocharged set up with two different four cylinder engines.
You can get a standard 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter with a 2.0 L four cylinder engine with a turbo, or a 2.5 L turbocharged four cylinder out of the Boxster S. The base engine produces an impressive 300 HP and the S engine produces 350 HP.
With an option of Porsche’s famous PDK transmission and a manual transmission, everyone should be happy.
With the right conditions, the standard Porsche Boxster can do a sprint to 60 in 4.8 seconds, and a Boxster S can do the same run in 3.9 seconds. Impressive stuff from the (previously) baby Porsche.
Some drivers point to some apparent turbo lag in the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter, and say that the turbo mutes the engine sound too much. These are definitely problems I’d really take offense to, so I hope that gets corrected with future 718 models.
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter is a revolutionary step for the little roadster. While it’s price is no longer what it used to (seems to be a trend recently with Porsche), the Boxster seems to be growing accordingly.
I love the new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter; I just wish a decent spec wasn’t upwards of $70,000.
Expect a release date for the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster this June.