In its latest iteration, the Porsche Boxster has undergone some serious changes under that pretty skin.
The surface may look very similar to the outgoing model, with only a few minor tweaks and changes on the whole. But beneath it the embodiment of the 6-cylinder sports car has gone.
Reviewers still can’t decide if it’s good or bad, so in the meantime here are the Top 5 facts you may not know about the 718 Boxster.
The Porsche Boxster has always been known as ‘The poor man’s Porsche’. For a long time, it was the first step into the German marques ownership, but that has now been replaced by the Cayman coming in at roughly £2,000 less. Mind you, a Boxster will still set you back nearly £42k without options!
In fact, you can get a Porsche Boxster Roadster through prestige car leasing at Hippo Leasing on a great deal. After you play a deposit, you simply pay a set monthly amount starting around £585.29 per month.
For better or worse the downsizing trend finally hit Porsche, gone is the naturally aspirated 6 cylinder of the original Boxster generations. Now you are left with either a 2.0, or 2.5 litre 4-cylinder boxer turbocharged lump sitting behind the passenger compartment.
The 2.0 litre set up produces 300 HP and 380 Nm of torque, spec it with a PDK gearbox and you can hit 62 in 4.9 seconds and on to 170 MPH.
Not to be outdone, the Boxster S gets the slightly bigger 2.5 litre engine and pushes out 350 HP and 420 Nm of torque. This will get you to 62 a fraction quicker at 4.4 with the PDK and 4.2 with launch control.
To try and hide the turbo lag Porsche have developed some nifty tech, small vanes pivot to direct exhaust gases towards the turbine, this cuts the lag at low rpm but eases the restriction at higher rpm.
To stop the compressor wheel from stalling when you’re off the accelerator fuel delivery is cut, this leaves the throttle open, when you get back on the gas there’s no lag whilst the turbo spins back up. Clever.
By dropping 2 whole cylinders there wasn’t a weight saving to be made. The turbo and intercoolers add on the equivalent 5kg of weight saving. In fact, the previous gen Boxster S tips the scales at 1340 kg, whilst the 718 comes in at 1355kg. That’s the same weight as a Ssangyong TIVOLI!
Even though it’s gone from a beefy 6 cylinder, losing a lot of its aural delight and a slither of its character, the 718 has gone up from £39,553 to the new starting price of £41,739.
Which still isn’t a bad buy in price for that level of prestige, it certainly isn’t ‘The poor man’s Porsche’ anymore. Check out the Porsche Boxster and any other car you might be interested in getting through personal car leasing at Hippo Leasing.
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