The Porsche Boxster and Cayman have long served as entry-level bookends to the Porsche brand. The Boxster convertible and the Cayman coupe are now united under the 718 umbrella, delivering an updated version of this mid-engined, two-seater. Besides the revised naming convention, the biggest change for the 718 Boxster is found with its engine line.
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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Overview
What's New for 2017
Beyond the new name, the most significant change for the rear-wheel drive 718 Boxster is with its engines. Gone are the previous naturally aspirated flat-sixes, replaced by a pair of flat-four turbocharged engines.
Other changes include improved brakes, electric power steering that's 10 percent more direct, a retuned suspension, and a fourth mode for the sport chrono package—individual—has been added. You should consider both 718 models as getting mid-cycle product updates rather than a redesign.
Choosing Your Porsche 718 Boxster
The standard 2-liter four-cylinder engine offers improved performance over the previous base six-cylinder, delivering 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy as high as 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Available with the 718 Boxster S is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine creating 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. This engine also comes paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy as high as 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
This model offers up to eight different 18-inch wheel designs, available 14-way power or 18-way adaptive sport seats, and various interior upgrades including Alcantara, carbon fiber, wood, and aluminum trim.
All models come with automatic start-stop, an automatically extending rear spoiler, wind deflector, and a power top with a heated glass window. You also get a six-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio, heated side mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Two models offered last year, the GTS and Spyder, are not available this year. At least initially Porsche is offering standard and Boxster S editions only.
Quite easily, you can add tens of thousands of dollars to your final price by choosing many of the high-end amenities available with this model. Sifting through the various package deals may offer better value as each of these bundles popular items.