The 718 Boxsters won’t start hitting the road here until late June 2016 but EVO got their hands on a press car and made this video walk-through to highlight the key differences between it and the current 981 models, of which we have two. One optioned with the PDK, and the other with a six-speed manual.
The major difference with the new generation Boxster is what’s under the hood. This time around it’s a flat four-cylinder with a single turbocharger making 345bhp and 310lb/ft of torque. It’s fast with a top speed of 177mph and 0-60mph time of 4 seconds flat (PDK) but the engine note can’t compete with the flat six.
Our favorite interior upgrades are the new steering wheel exclusive to the Sport Chrono kit (optional; taken from the 918 Spyder and GT3 RS) which has the dynamic driving mode controller on the right side and the new infotainment system display which brings the Boxster center console up-to-date.
Performance improvements come from a mix of higher end Porsches. Steering comes from the 911 Turbo, rear suspension is influenced by the Cayman GT4 and front brakes are from the base 911 Carrera. With the new performance setup, wider tires and a top that goes down in just 9 seconds, the 718 should be a really fun car.
Here are two early reviews of the 718 in action: