Porsche 718 – The Boxster and Cayman Update

Those pesky Porsche engineers aren’t ones to rest on their laurels.  They are restless souls, and their vehicles must always be improved.  With that in mind it was time for a mid-cycle update for the entry-level Boxster and Cayman. 

Welcome the 718 Boxster and Cayman...!

As with the recently updated 911, this refresh is comprehensive in nature.  The main addition is by subtraction… two cylinders, to be precise.  Now running on smaller 4-cylinder powerplants, the Boxster and soon to be revealed Cayman are quite frankly… better.  I’m talking lighter, faster, more drivable with greater torque available lower in the rpm range, and of course, more miserly with the petrol. 
The motor-head geek details are as follows:  the entry Boxster will have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with variable-vane turbocharging (high tech stuff) for an output of 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.  The Boxster S gets a 2.5-liter motor rated at 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft.  Advancements in tech in the name of driving pleasure...!  Nice…

All the other Porsche tech has been massaged as well, with suspension tuning updates to improve handling and comfort, depending on your mood.  For transmissions, you can row your own gears with a 6-speed manual or opt for the brilliant PKD. 
Updates to the interior and exterior are more of the nip and tuck variety.  Improved electronics and navigation are present and accounted for in the cabin.  Externally Porsche claims every panel is new except for the hood and decklid behind the driver.  You will be able to spot the new Boxster by the aero strip between the taillights on the rear, as well as the "718" badging.

So, you are probably wondering…  “why 718...?”   As Porsche is wont to do, this is a historical reference.  In the late 50s and early 60s, the Porsche 718 race car prowled tracks the world over.  This happened to be a 4-cylinder car, thus the reference. 
There you have it, the latest beauty from Porsche.  The Boxster will start at $57,050 and the high-zoot S model rings the till at $69,450.  The hard-topped Cayman prices are not released yet, but in a change of pricing structure, they are reported to be lower than the convertible Boxster.  Stay tuned…

Sure to be a hit, I like what I see.  Well done…!