The first four-cylinder Porsche in 22 years is now on sale in Australia. Porsche's local operation has announced that the new 718 Porsche Boxster will arrive with a starting price of $113,100 for the 220kW base model and $143,400 for the 257kW 718 Boxster S.
That's an increase of $8400 for the Boxster and a huge $12,300 for the Boxster S. But the move to turbocharged four-cylinder engines from the current naturally-aspirated six-cylinder range sees power outputs increase by 25kW for both models.
A 2.0 litre flat-four with a variable-geometry turbocharger powers the base Boxster, and besides offering 25kW more than the outgoing 2.7 litre flat-six it cranks out a sizable 100Nm more peak torque for a total of 380Nm.
Peak torque is available between 1950-4500rpm, and Porsche says the 718 Boxster will zip to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds with the optional twin-clutch PDK automatic transmission.
The Boxster S gets a bigger version of the same engine, with its 2.5 litre displacement good for 257kW and 420Nm - 25kW/60Nm more than the current 981 Boxster S' 3.4 litre six.
Also available with a standard six-speed manual or optional PDK, Porsche's 0-100km/h claim for the S version is a brisk 4.2 seconds - 0.6 seconds faster than the current car.
While acceleration times drop, the move to turbo power sees thirst go down as well. On the European cycle the 718 Boxster S has a claimed fel consumption of 6.9 l/100km, with the Boxster S drinking 7.3 l/100km on average.
That compares favourably with the current Boxster and Boxster S' consumption of 8.2 and 8.8 l/100km respectively.
The suspension has been comprehensively retuned, with Porsche's Active Suspension Management option package offering a 10mm lower ride height and even sportier tuning. A new PASM Sport option will be available on the 718 Boxster S, bringing a 20mm lower suspension.
For all models, the electric power steering-rack has been revised to be 10 percent more direct.
New exterior styling accompanies the mechanical changes, and all panels bar the front and rear bootlids, windscreen frame and folding fabric roof.
Up front, the fascia sports wider and narrower air-intakes with slim LED indicators sitting beneath the bi-xenon headlamps (with Porsche Dynamic Light System as standard on Australian cars). LED headlamps are an option.
The flanks of the 718 Boxster receive restyled side sills and substantially larger air inlets to feed the engine's intercooler, while the door handles are more smoothly-integrated with the door's sheetmetal.
The rear bumper is the most telling sign you're looking at a 718 Boxster. thanks to a vent-like accent strip linking the tail lamps with a bold Porsche badge set within, the 718's rump is immediately identifiable as being unique to the turbo Boxster.
The twin centre-exit exhausts remain, but the diffuser-like lower bumper finisher loses its strakes and adopts a different form.
Inside, Porsche's Communication Management infotainment system becomes standard in Australia, and offers a digital radio tuner, sat-nav, Bluetooth phone/audio integration and voice controls as standard.
Features like Apple Car Play smartphone mirroring can be added via option packages.
The PCM hardware is housed within a restyled dashboard with rounder air vents and a repositioned clock for the Sport Chrono package. The steering wheel has also been reshaped for the 718 and sports new switchgear, but the rest of the cabin is similar to the 981 Boxster range.
The 718 Boxster and Boxster S are now on sale in Australia, with deliveries expected to begin in the middle of 2016.
- 718 Boxster 6sp manual - $113,100
- 718 Boxster S 6sp manual - $143,400