Porsche 718 Boxster S here now - 350hp from new Turbo Flat 4!

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What's the deal?



Now, shortly after the much celebrated DNA change in Porsche's flagship sports car - the 911, it is the turn of their mid-engined roadster, the Boxster to receive this new found power. Forced induction treatment.

Launched by Sime Darby Auto Performance Malaysia just hours ago, the car had recently made its world debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.



Dubbed the 718 Boxster, it pays homage to the historic 718 race car and marks a significant leap in performance compared to the previous generation Boxster.

With over 1,000 racing victories under its belt, the name "718", which is taken from the 718 racer now becomes the family name for Porsche's mid-engined sports car.

Porsche 718 Boxster S




Engine:
Boxster: 2.0-litre flat-four, turbocharged; Boxster S: 2.5-litre flat-four, turbocharged
Power: Boxster: 300hp at 1,850 to 5,000 rpm; Boxster S: 350hp at 1,850 to 5,000rpm
Torque: Boxster: 380Nm at 1,900 to 4,500 rpm; Boxster S: 420Nm at 1,900 to 4,500 rpm
Zerotohundred: Boxster: 4.7 seconds; Boxster S: 4.2 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed PDK
Dimensions: 4,379mm (L), 1,801mm (W), 1,280mm (H)
Weight: 1,377kg
Price: Boxster: RM480k; Boxster S: RM620k

Exterior




Sporting a sharpened profile, the design of the new 718 Boxster is recognizable at first glance. Rounded out by its new bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), it is integrated with the LED daytime running lights.



The redesigned cooling air intakes are now more flat, giving the car a wider and more masculine appearance, which is also an expression of the new turbo engine concept.



Featured on both sides are the Boxster's new large side intake. Presented in matte black and two intimidating slats hinting the dynamic capability of the car.



Moving to the rear, the wide look is emphasized with integrated Porsche badge between the tail lights. Further revision goes to the tail lights itself, which is now features three-dimensional LED units and four-point brake lights.



As for the wheels, the Boxster can be equipped with either standard 19-inch wheels or the optional 20-inch set.

Interior




Greeting the driver is the typical Porsche cockpit; an upright centre console, small-diameter steering and three-gauges instrument clusters, but with new elements.



On the centre console, there's a new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) unit with mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the Sound Package Plus. It also extends to optional modules to suit personal requirements. Steering is a 375mm diameter sport steering wheel in the design of 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar. Customers may also opt for the 360mm GT sport steering wheel.



New to the Boxster lineup is the 918-inspired Sport Response Button (with Sport Chrono Package) which lets the driver configure the engine and gearbox characteristics. The button prepares the engine and transmission for spontaneous responsiveness of 20 seconds. Giving maximum performance for critical maneuvers like overtaking, among other planned / unplanned moments.

Engine




At the very core of the 718 Boxster's chassis is a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine, 2.0-litre for the Boxster and 2.5-litre for the Boxster S respectively. The new force-fed mills promise a leap of output figures while returning respectable fuel economy.



Powering the Boxster is a 2.0-litre unit, capable of 300hp and 380Nm of torque. 30hp and 100Nm more more than its predecessor. The new Boxster completes the Zerotohundred sprint in 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds quicker).



On the other hand, the Boxster S is powered by a 2.5-litre unit, with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG). Being the only manufacturer (as for now) to offer VTG in their engines, Porsche has been using the revolutionary technology in production cars with petrol-driven engines, both the 911 Turbo S and Boxster S.



The VTG in the more powerful Boxster S is basically an additional wastegate that manages the adjustable vanes to effectively control the stream of exhaust gas to an optimal level of response and efficiency.



The Boxster S churns out 350hp and 420Nm of torque, coupled with VTG application, with Zerotohundred acceleration at 4.2 seconds, 0.6 seconds quicker than the previous Boxster S.

Chassis




Clocking 7min 42seconds on the Nurburgring, the 718 Boxster is more than 16 seconds faster than its predecessor. Apart from the potent engine, this result is achieved in conjunction with various chassis changes.



The completely new chassis consists of higher anti roll bar and spring rates, 10% more direct electromechanical steering, reinforced rear suspension and dampers with larger piston and rod diameters.



Available as an option for the first time on the Boxster S is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), a sport chassis tuning with a 20mm lower ride height. The system offers a broader range between comfort of grand touring and stiffness of dynamic sporty.



Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is equipped as standard on 718 Boxster models. However, the Boxster with Sport Chrono Package comes with PSM Sport that can be activated separately by pushing the PSM button on the centre console.



Brakes are 330mm units on the front axle and 299mm at the rear, with 718 Boxster S benefiting from four-pot brake calipers from the 911 Carrera, combined with thicker discs.



The new 718 Boxster comes with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package. Retail price starts at RM480,000.

By: Amirul Hazmi & Tom Goh
 
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6UE5t

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Nice, this would be very suitable for MY market coz small engines, hence cheap road tax!
 

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Aiyah! If can afford to buy, road tax not a problem........:driver:
Well still, this smaller engine will make it even more attractive and the second hand market value will hold much better. This is Malaysia, where big cars with puny little 2.0L 4 cyl NA engines still selling like hot cakes!
 

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Well still, this smaller engine will make it even more attractive and the second hand market value will hold much better. This is Malaysia, where big cars with puny little 2.0L 4 cyl NA engines still selling like hot cakes!
2.0 is like max point, there after the jump in road tax prices are much more
2.0 is RM380
2.4 is RM780
2.5 is RM880
3.0 is RM2130.00
 

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2.0 is like max point, there after the jump in road tax prices are much more
2.0 is RM380
2.4 is RM780
2.5 is RM880
3.0 is RM2130.00
To me 2.5 is max coz after that the jump is ridiculous.
Anyway MY road tax pricing is the most stupid/unfair I've known so far!
 

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To me 2.5 is max coz after that the jump is ridiculous.
Anyway MY road tax pricing is the most stupid/unfair I've known so far!
Yah! 2.5 up more crazy but also depends what we can afford. For me is 2.0 only.....:bawling: