New for 2017
Porsche refreshed the Boxster for 2017 and now calls it the 718 Boxster. Besides the updated styling, the biggest news is the replacement of the six-cylinder engines with more powerful turbo-fours.
The Boxster is Porsche’s entry-level two-seat convertible positioned beneath the 911 in the company’s sports car lineup. The mechanically related and also updated coupe version is called the 718 Cayman. The 718 Boxster is a mid-engine, two-door and two-seat convertible that sends power to the rear wheels.
Porsche surprised brand-purists when it announced that the Boxster and Cayman will be equipped with turbocharged four-cylinder engines instead of the iconic flat-six engines. The standard 2.0-liter flat-4 engine delivers a respectable 22/29 mpg city/highway with the seven-speed PDK automatic and 21/28 mpg city/highway with six-speed manual transmission; it produces 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful, turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four produces 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque while managing to achieve 21/28 mpg with the seven-speed PDK automatic and 20/26 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission.
The redesigned 718 Boxster has a wider and more muscular looking front fascia, as well as larger air intakes for the turbocharger. Standard HID headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights complement the front of the car. The rear fascia of the 718 Boxster is also wider in appearance and has new three-dimensional LED taillight technology with four-point brake lights. Porsche’s Active Suspension Management for the first time can lower the Boxster’s ride height by 20mm (previously just 10mm) and has been retuned for a better range of comfort and stiffness for spirited driving. The Sport Chrono Package now includes three different driving modes, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus that has an additional Sport Response Button (on the PDK automatic only) for increased engine and transmission responsiveness.
The 2017 718 Boxster standard safety features include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, driver and passenger front, side, head, and knee airbags. Porsche’s Side Impact Protection system is comprised of side impact protection elements in the doors, including the side and head airbags previously mentioned. In the event of a rollover, the Boxster’s dual roll-over protection creates a survival space for the driver and passenger. A frontal collision warning system and blind spot monitor are additional safety options.
What We Think
“The Boxster feels as if it’s an extension of the driver’s body,” we wrote in a First Drive Review, “leaping where you look and rotating your hips during the cornering.” Our main gripe about the car in our First Drive experience was with the manual transmission: the active rev matching on downshifts turns on automatically and cannot be turned off in Sport or Sport+ mode.
The new 2017 Boxster models are named 718 to pay homage to the flat-four engines used in the mid-engine Porsche 718 sports car that won numerous races back in the 1950s and 1960s.
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