Ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show, which is indeed the finest of all motor shows, Porsche has revealed images and details of the refreshed Boxster and Boxster S. For 2017, the official name will include the 718 numeric prefix, whether Porschephiles like it or not.

While the Boxster is one of our favourite all around sports cars in its current guise, the 718 marks the addition of the first Porsche four cylinder since the front-engined 968. Like the recently revised 911, the new engine is fitted with a pair of turbos and power us up in both 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S spec. The 718 Boxster uses a 2.0-litre flat four and produces an impressive 300 horsepower, while the S gets a 2.5-litre engine with a maximum output of 350 horsepower. Torque is up to 280 and 309 pounds in standard and S models respectively, with maximum torque available at under 2,000 RPM. That’s mega stuff right there.

A six speed manual or a fast and efficient seven-speed PDK are available, and while both are fine transmissions, there’s nothing faster than the PDK. In fact, in 718 Boxster S + PDK + Sport Chrono trim, zero to 100 km/h times drop to a reported 4.2 seconds. As Porsche is notoriously pessimistic when reporting their performance figures, expect the real world number to be closer to four seconds flat.

Styling changes abound, with every body component redesigned, save the windscreen and roof. Larger intakes give the 718 Boxster a more serious persona and the rear styling, including the redesigned LED tail lamps, is bold with its distinctive shapes.

Like its 911 big brother, the 718 Boxster receives a revised interior with a larger infotainment screen and Apple Car Play, as well as the company’s latest steering wheel with integrated drive mode selector.

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S are priced to start at $63,900 and $78,000 CAD respectively, and will be available in summer 2016. Get your order in now for summer delivery.

Images courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

Published on Jan 26, 2016