Porsche's new Boxster and Cayman Announced

Full details of the new 4-cylinder boxser replacements for both 981 Boxster and Cayman have been revealed by Porsche and the performance figures are likely to raise a few eyebrows as the S version of each will out-accelerate the latest variant of the base Carrera which itself was recently updated to being turbocharged.

Both models will carry the model historically-significant designator 718 but unlike the Carrera models, which carry a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder lump across the range, the base and S versions will be powered by different capacity 4-cylinder engines, in this case a 300 hp 2 litre in the lower-cost model where the S variants of both convertible Boxster and couple Cayman get a 2.5 litre delivering 350 hp. Both engines are boosted by a single turbocharger using the variable vane technology first seen in the 997 turbo – a technology that is said to significantly reduce so-called ‘turbo lag’.

The front is noticeably changed over the 981

The front is noticeably changed over the 981

The rear now carries the 718 model designation

The rear now carries the 718 model designation

Mid-engine now 4-cyclinder

Mid-engine now 4-cyclinder

Unsurprisingly with the improved performance comes improved fuel efficiency with the base model able to return a NEDC Combined fuel consumption figure of 40.9 mpg.

Standard transmission is the 6-speed manual gearbox with PDK as an option and the multi-position Sport control we’ve already seen on the facelifted 991 models appears as an option. Porsche,s “Communication Management” touchscreen, mobile phone preparation and phone/music player connectivity is finally included as standard – although satellite navigation is still annoyingly a cost-option.

Optional Sport Chrono control now on the wheel

Optional Sport Chrono control now on the wheel

The face-lifted front end includes Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. Two versions of PASM – dynamic suspension – are options with the Sport Chassis variant coming with a 20mm lower ride height.

With the S model capable of a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph, the new cars represent quite a challenge to the massively inflated heights of the 981 Cayman GT4 whose rarity can now command figures above £115,000. The base Boxster can be had from £41,739 with deliveries beginning in Spring.

Words: Chris Valentine; photos: Porsche AG.


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