IF WE HAD THE MONEY TO SPEND…
Exactly 20 years after the introduction of the very first Boxster, Porsche lets flow the ink again. This time with a completely new version of its mid-engine roadster which from now on goes through life as ‘718 Boxster’. New, with its bolder styling, looking more aggressive with the larger air inlets, yet this Porsche is somewhat more modest under the hood. Here lives now a four cylinder boxer engine (instead of a six cylinder before) which the new car pays tribute with to the iconic 718, which chalked up in the 60s many circuit racing victories. The two seater roadsters of the Porsche stable now are even more powerful and efficient.
In the car we tested, the Porsche 718 Model S, the completely new boxer engine draws 350 HP from 2,5 liters. This is 35 HP more than its predecessor. Torque rose also with 40 Nm to 420 Nm between 1900 and 4500 rpm. This reflects of course in the performance. With the agile automatic PDK transmission and the optional Sport Chrono Package, this 718 Boxster S sprints in merely 4,2 seconds from 0 to 100 kph.
Also in terms of driving dynamics, this fourth generation Boxster walks – or rather drives – in the footsteps of the original 718. The more sporting chassis is not only set up to deliver excellent handling, the electromechanical steering feels also more direct. Road behavior is very lively indeed and nothing short of phenomenal. It is even more agile and nimble. It really is WOW!
A must have in the long list of options is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers the body by 10 mm, but for the first time you can also opt in the S-version for a 20 mm lower PASM chassis which strikes an even better balance between agility and comfort.
Just as with the 911, we could with the optional Sport Chrono Package select for an ‘Individual’ program, besides the usual Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes, to adapt the roadster to our personal driving style. Our version with the PDK transmission also sported the Sport Response button, delivering, with a solid hint to out and out racing, the adrenaline and goose pimples by setting up engine and transmission response even more sporting.
More horsepower, more torque and performance, yet this does not translate into higher consumption figures. The new generation of smaller engines coupled to the start/stop functions result in 14 pct less consumption (in the S version 0,9 liter) less than its predecessor. Coupled to less CO2 emissions this is good news for our wallet. In the cabin we find the traditional Porsche layout, further enhanced with a new dashboard, but it is especially the exterior styling which is turning heads.
The 718 Boxster just houses enough space in the front for two medium size bags.
But, hey, there also is some space in the back.
And, yes, we find a minus. The cupholders feel very light and seem not very strong. Apart from that they are very strangely positioned.
But that really was the only minus in a supercar that sticks to the roads even at figures 250 km/hours plus. Yes, we love the car, and not because it is Porsche, just because it is great. After testing cars for almost twenty years now, this is the sportscar we would buy!
* Kerb Weight
* Boot volume
150 liter (front) 125 liter (rear)
* Average consumption
7,3 liter/100 km
* Base price