New Porsche 718 Boxster revealed

New Porsche 718 Boxster revealed
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The most powerful version of Porsche’s all-new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will have a capacity of 2.5 litres and produce up to 345bhp in the facelifted Boxster S.

The most powerful version of Porsche’s all-new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will have a capacity of 2.5 litres and produce up to 345bhp in the facelifted Boxster S.

Porsche has unveiled the updated Boxster ahead of its public showcase at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. The model has been renamed 718 Boxster S following Porsche’s decision to resurrect its hallowed 718 nomenclature.

The revised two-seater will be joined by the more keenly priced 718 Boxster, which runs a 2.0-litre variant of the horizontally opposed four-cylinder turbo engine making 296bhp. The new models will be available internationally from April, with an even more powerful 718 Boxster GTS due next year.

Distinguishing the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S from the outgoing models is a series of styling changes, including a new front bumper sporting larger cooling ducts, and larger air ducts in front of the rear wheel arches. The rear sports a distinctive new accent strip between the tail-lights to give additional visual width.

The 718 Boxster is the first Porsche to be powered by a four-cylinder engine since the 968 ceased production in 1995. Development of the new unit was overseen by Wolfgang Hatz, the head of Porsche’s research and development operations suspended in the aftermath of parent company Volkswagen’s dieselgate affair.

The new engine is also earmarked to replace the existing flat six in the 718 Cayman, which is also expected to make its debut in Geneva. With 296bhp, the 2.0-litre unit makes 25bhp more than the naturally aspirated 2.7-litre flat six it replaces in the outgoing entry-level Porsche roadster.

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