The regular 718 Boxster will get a 2.0-liter, turbocharged flat-four producing 300 hp. The 718 Boxster S will get an extra half-liter of displacement and a variable-geometry turbocharger to produce a total of 350 hp. A boost of 35 hp on both models. Torque is where bigger gains happen. The 2.0-liter gains 74 lb-ft of torque for a total of 280 lb-ft from 1,950 to 4,500 RPM. The 2.5 gains less, 43 lb-ft, for a total of 309 lb-ft over the same rev range.
The 2.0-liter car does 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a 0.7-second improvement, and the 2.5-liter car is claimed to hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, a 0.5-second improvement.
A 6-speed manual is standard to power the rears, but a PDK is option, and quicker.
From a styling standpoint, it's more of an evolution. This strip with the Porsche badge is the most pronounced styling change.
An optional PASM package lowers the car by 0.4 inches while providing the benefits of active dampers.
The 718 Boxster will go on sale in the US in June for the equivalent of $57,050 in base form and $69,450 for the S model, including destination.
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