New Porsche 718 Boxster arrives with new name, new engines and new look

The Porsche Boxster is now the Porsche 718 Boxster with revised styling and 4-cylinder turbo engines The Porsche 718 Boxster, now taking part of its name from the 718 race car from the 1950s and 60s, gets a 2.0-litre flat-four petrol engine with 296bhp, while the 718 Boxster S will use a 2.5-litre flat-four with 345bhp. You'll pay a premium for the extra power though, since the S costs £50,695 compared to the standard car's £41,739 price tag.

Downsizing to four-cylinder engines has big benefits for economy and emissions, with the standard Boxster returning combined cycle mpg figures of 40.9mpg and the S managing 38.7mpg, both with Porsche's PDK automatic gearbox. That's an improvement of 5mpg and 4.3mpg respectively over the pre-facelift car - but both engines are also 35bhp more powerful than their previous six-cylinder counterparts.
Torque figures are up too as a result of the new turbocharged engines, with 380Nm in the Boxster and 420Nm in the Boxster S. That means the new 718 models are faster too: the standard car is 0.8 seconds quicker from 0-62mph, at 4.7 seconds, and the S is 0.6 seconds faster at 4.2 seconds.



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