8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

The facelifted Boxster is here with its brand new name and four-cylinder, turbocharged engine. Here's what you need to know
8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

N/A six-pots are out, turbo four-pots are in

The 3.4-litre flat-six you see here is being dropped from the range
The 3.4-litre flat-six you see here is being dropped from the range

You probably gathered this from the title, but the importance of this move simply cannot be overstated. Is it as big a deal as the 911 Carrera range going turbo? Depends which way you look at it.

Certainly, the effect on noise will be a lot more pronounced; there’s the same exhaust note-sapping presence of a turbocharger (only one turbo however, unlike the twin-turbo Carrera engines), but more importantly we’re dropping two cylinders here. A four-pot is never going to sound as good as a six-pot, and no amount of exhaust trickery can get around that. Then again, the 911 has the burden of a long and illustrious history on its shoulders, something the Boxster doesn’t have to deal with. Fiddle with the recipe, and you won’t get quite the same anger from the purists.

It has a new name

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

The Boxster is no longer just the Boxster; it’s now the ‘718 Boxster’. Why? Well, perhaps to put a positive spin on all this emissions and economy-led downsizing, Porsche has prefixed the Boxster’s name with 718, the designation given to a four-cylinder racing car the company competed with between 1957 and 1962 (see below).

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

This is something that was announced a few months ago, along with the news that the Cayman will get the same number prefix. The whole four-pot thing is a bit of a tenuous link, and I suspect most people will just shorten to ‘Boxster’ and ‘Cayman’, rendering the prefix a bit pointless.

It's more powerful and more economical

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

What Porsche has taken away in displacement and cylinders, it’s given back with more power and more torque. The base 2.0-litre 718 Boxster puts out 296bhp and 280lb ft of torque, representing a 25bhp and 66lb ft increase over the old 2.7-litre six. The 2.5-litre version in the S also has a 25bhp increase over its predecessor (the 3.4) with a total of 345bhp, with the 310lb ft torque figure representing a more modest 37lb ft boost.

Both are flat-fours - so they will at least sound a little more interesting than an inline-four - and both are powered by a single, variable geometry turbocharger.

Economy has increased significantly, as you’d expect, with the standard car up 5.1mpg to 40.9mpg, and the 2.5-litre in the S getting a 4.3mpg bump to 38.7mpg. Both figures are for the PDK auto models.

And it's faster

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

With more power comes better performance. With the PDK ‘box and Sport Chrono Package, you’ll get the 718 Boxster from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds (a 0.8sec improvement), with the equivalent S doing the same in 4.2 seconds (0.6sec quicker than before). Find yourself an empty runway or a nice bit of derestricted Autobahn, and it’s possible to hit 170mph in the Boxster, and 177mph in the Boxster S.

The Cayman will have the same engines, and the same power

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

It’s only a matter of time before the facelifted Cayman arrives - expect it to be at Geneva with the Boxster. Porsche has previously confirmed that the cars will have the same engines, and the same power output. This is a departure from the firm’s previous method of positioning the Cayman ahead of the Boxster in terms of power. The Cayman used to be more expensive too, but that’s set to change, with the Boxster being the pricier of the two. Makes sense giving the complexities of having a folding roof, when you think of it.

It's the first four-cylinder Porsche for 21 years

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche hasn’t made a car with a four-cylinder engine since the 968, which went out of production in 1995. To go back to the last time Porsche made something with a flat-four, you have to go back even further to the 914, which stopped being made in 1976. Although if you want to be picky, the flat-four powered 912E was also sold in the US for a short time in 1976.

It looks (slightly) different

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

With all this talk of new engines, it’s easy to forget about the fact that the mechanical changes are part of a facelift. It also doesn’t help that this is a typical Porsche facelift, which means that the changes aren’t easy to spot. We’ll let you try and spot the difference between the old and new cars above (the new one’s on the right, and no, “one’s red and one’s blue” is not a valid answer).

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

At the rear, the changes are more obvious, with a new diffuser element and a repositioning of the ‘Porsche’ and ‘Boxster’ script. We rather like the way Porsche is integrated into the ‘accent strip’ below the spoiler.

Now's probably a good time to buy the old one

8 Things You Need To Know About The New Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster

We all know how bonkers used Porsche prices are. We have values of old air-cooled 911s launching into the stratosphere, Cayman GT4s being pushed over the £100,000 mark by desperate buyers who missed out on buying one new, and if you want to buy anything with a ‘GT2’ or ‘GT3’ badge on it, well, good luck unless you’re thoroughly minted.

With this in mind, it should be very interesting to see what dropping to turbocharged four-pot power might do to the values of the very last N/A six-cylinder models, of which there should be a few still kicking around on Porsche forecourts. Values should stay strong, and in the very long-term, who knows.

If you want the new one, however, it’s available to order now, with an RRP of £41,739 for the 718 Boxster, and £50,695 for the S. First deliveries will take place in Spring.



#9 the rear looks like a dodge charger sort of

01/27/2016 - 13:44 |
2 | 10
Freddie Skeates

Not particularly digging the turbos, but I’m kind of digging the looks

01/27/2016 - 13:48 |
0 | 0

Mid engine 4 pots ftw :D I was surprised they didn’t go with the 914 prefix given it was the last mid engined mass production porsche previous to the boxster. But then maybe I’m biased as I have a 914…

01/27/2016 - 13:49 |
16 | 0

It’s called 718 cause 918 was taken and as it has 4 pot instead of 6, 9-2=7

01/27/2016 - 14:08 |
4 | 40

I think they are trying to make a next-gen 914… Interesting…

01/27/2016 - 14:06 |
0 | 2

They should use the 2.0 engine and make a new ultra-lightweight track focused 914 as a Elise/4C killer. I would’ve preferred the 718 name for that, but 914 works too.

01/27/2016 - 15:42 |
2 | 0
ramses rizal

More power and more economical? Wtf?! People buy porsche for power,sensation, handling,etc not economical on petrol.

01/27/2016 - 14:07 |
60 | 10

Actually, it’s probably the best car to drive as a daily.

01/27/2016 - 14:09 |
64 | 0

More economical means less emissions too. More power with less fuel is always a welcome thing even if NA loss is subjectively not a good thing. You get used to it. Besides, not everyone lives in Saudi Arabia or Dubai where fuel is cheaper than bottled water or the US who are crying over fuel prices half the price in the EU.

01/27/2016 - 14:14 |
24 | 2

Nah. People buy Porsches for the name. So they can say “I have a Porsche”. Mainstream manufactures nowadays don’t care about the enthusiasts and the purists that made them fall in love with them in the first place. They only care about profits and how they look on the brochures.

Normal person:”Oh this new model has a turbo, cheaper to insure and is more economical than the previous one. This new one is better” takes wallet out

01/27/2016 - 15:12 |
14 | 6

But that is what the general public want. More power. And more torque. People are impressed by numbers. I bet that they will sell many of these.

01/27/2016 - 15:15 |
0 | 0

So you must not have both ?

01/27/2016 - 16:14 |
0 | 0

I actually like this porche alot it saves gas and has good power for a four cylinder

01/27/2016 - 14:17 |
6 | 0

Some changes I noticed:
The headlights
The front intakes
The side intakes
The LEDs on the front bumper

01/27/2016 - 14:21 |
14 | 0

The wheels, bro. You forgot the wheels.

01/27/2016 - 16:02 |
0 | 0

So, this car will rumble 👌💗

01/27/2016 - 14:25 |
0 | 4

Everyone loves the supra and skyline.. and if porsche goes turbo, everyone is pissed. Cant understand that. And the sound, well: The 1.4 Turbo from Alfa/Abarth sounds amazing because of the Turbo

N/A has exactly one benefit: Linear power delivery. But because Porsche uses VTG Turbos and probably a very intelligent way of powermanagement overall, i have no doubts that it will feel very N/A like

01/27/2016 - 14:40 |
6 | 2

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The supra and skyline are japanse cars. Turbocharging just is part of the japanese car culture. Its not a porsche thing. Porsche is and has been mainly about well tought out n/a flat six’es (yes i know there are a good number of exceptions to that rule). Thing is that the n/a flat six has just become such a caracteristic porsche thing, a reason to buy one because of its unique caracter.

01/27/2016 - 15:05 |
6 | 0
Deus Robert Paulsen

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

N/a benefits: direct throttle control because instant power, less complicated, predictable power and torque, less weight, more reliable and in a lot of cases the pure engine sound (wich is of course a matter of taste)

01/27/2016 - 15:45 |
6 | 0

Sigh, oh why porsche why. I dont care about power, i dont care about speed, i car about the driving experience, certainly with cars like a cayman and a boxster. And such a big part of the appeal of the boxter and the cayman is that lovely, silky smooth flat six bellow.I dont want a faster car, i want a n/a flat6, a traditional hydraulic porsche steering rack ( those are lovely) and most of all, i want it to put a smile on my face. And a turbo car has never really done that quite as well as a well built n/a engine.

01/27/2016 - 15:00 |
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In reply to by Benjamin


01/27/2016 - 15:10 |
0 | 0

Good thing there is always the used market.

01/27/2016 - 15:17 |
0 | 0

I just want the bellow of a Rolls Royce 18 Cylinder 49 Litre shooting flames as I lope along at 200RPM and 100MPH…. No flat six has ever really done that quite as well…

Times change :)… As one other guy said - you can buy used.

01/27/2016 - 17:02 |
6 | 0



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