New 718 Porsche Boxter

Motoring

New 718 Porsche Boxter
Hugh Maguirenews@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Porsche are a premium manufacturer of one of the most iconic sports car in the world, the 911.

Their sports car line up consists of the 918 Spyder Hypercar, the 911, the Boxster and the Cayman as well as some limited edition even sportier models such as the 911 R, 911 GT3 and GT3 RS.

With cars such as these as well as a return to front line motorsport with a magnificent double, first and second place wins at Le Mans last year and another first place at Le Mans this year Porsche seem at the top of their game. This week then I am road testing the new Porsche 718 Boxster.

The big news here is the fact that the latest Porsche cars have smaller capacity engine but are now turbocharged for lower emissions and better fuel efficiency.

Purists and followers of the iconic brand fear though that something of the character of these cars is being lost by turbocharging as it tends to muffle that fabulous Porsche engine sound and of course the driving characteristics in the way a turbocharged engine responds differently to a normally aspirated engine.

The new Boxster is available with either a 2 litre flat six or as in the S model a 2.5 litre flat 6 cylinder petrol unit with either manual or with Porsches optional race derived PDK transmission.

The 718 Boxster is a pure two seat sports car with a mid mounted engine driving of course the rear wheels.

It looks absolutely fabulous with flowing curves and lines that give it a “meansbusiness” look about it. Its a stunning looking roadster and now looks even moremuscular and dynamic!

The new dash and centre console layout is ergonomically perfect and looks beautiful too.

Its all perfectly crafted with great attention to detail.

From the moment you sit into the leather clad figure hugging sports seats you know you are sitting in a very special sports car.

The driver sits low down into the car, you feel part of it. That 6 cylinder 300 bhp engine is just behind your seat. The level of standard equipment is very good but as always with Porsche their is an extensive and very tempting options list that will soon push the asking price to wallet busting limits!

I will not detail them all here because you can “build your own Porsche” to exactly your specifications with the dealer or on their website.

The new Boxster is powered by a 2.0 litre flat six cylinder petrol engine with four camshafts, 24 valves and Variocam plus. Mated as standard to a manual gearbox or as in my test car the amazing 7-speed PDK double clutch semi automatic system the combination offers blistering performance.

With PDK the new 718 Boxster will hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds and continue to a top speed of 275 km/h.

With PDK you can floor the throttle and it snaps through the gears without even a hint of lag between upshifts. Its super fast and immensely enjoyable to drive so there is no question the latest Boxster has lost nothing here.

The balance and handling from the mid-engine rear wheel drive 718 Boxster is a purists dream. Levels of grip are simply phenomenal and its safe to say that on a public road you will never be able to explore the full capabilities of this car. Its always better than you can deliver as a driver.

With that mid mounted engine offering near perfect weight distribution turn in is pin sharp with the Boxster tracking your chosen line through a corner with unerring precision. Yet the ride comfort is surprisingly good with Porsche’s PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) able to adapt to your driving style immediately, or of course use the “Sports” button to firm things up yourself.

The mid engined 718 Boxster really is a purists dream, with near perfect balance.

The seamless relentless acceleration with PDK, powerful brakes and limpet like grip make the new Boxster simply brilliant and on a sunny day that roof folds down in less than 12 seconds. Motoring Nirvana!

Prices start at €68,973 for the manual and €72,092 for the PDK.