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’.
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.
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.