Last month, PGA Cars president Roberto Coyiuto III, together with representatives of the Porsche Center Philippines, flew to South Korea to experience driving 718 Boxster firsthand. Along with other Asia Pacific dealers of Porsche, they participated in workshops to know everything about this new Boxster. First unveiled in 1996, the Boxster is now on its third generation and has received a significant refresh with the recent release of the 718.
Several changes were made over the outgoing model such as redesigned front and rear four-point LED lighting, sportier side mirrors, and new front grille and bonnet that imbue a sharper and wider look. Rear wheels have been enlarged by half an inch in width to improve grip. Giving the shell of the 718 both strength and lightness is a composite of aluminum and steel parts.
Inside, the 718 Boxster derives its sports steering wheel from the 918 Spyder. It also features among its controls an optional new mode switch allowing the driver to cycle through driving modes, and engaging the Sport Response function. Just by pressing a button alone, immediately primes the engine and transmission for quicker response. A timer graphic is also included on its instrument cluster. The new 718 Boxters also features the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system also features Apple CarPlay that allows access to applications by pairing the iPhone to the vehicle. A voice control system to make phone calls and a seven-inch multi-touchscreen on the center console.
The new iteration banners two new turbocharged flat-four engines with displacements of either 2.0 or 2.5 liters (for the S variant) good for 300 PS and 350 PS. These engines use Porsche's Variable Turbine Technology (VTG) to eliminate turbo lag at lower speeds. Packing the uprated 2.5 liter flat-four, the 718 Boxster S delivers its 420Nm within the 1,900 to 4,500 rpm band. Peak power is achieved at 6,500 rpm for both variants. Porsche engineers add that they made the 718 Boxster (and sibling Cayman) more fuel efficient and eco-friendly.
Keeping the 718 Boxters planted is Porsche Stability Management (PSM). The system serves as the car's stability control, as well as driving aid to enhance dynamics.
Porsche says the new 718 Boxster delivers “A compelling mix of excitement, performance, luxury, and everyday drivability”. “the 718 Boxster is indeed a very powerful car, with everything you expect from the Boxster and, of course, a Porsche,” said Dave Gomez, General Sales Manager for Porsche Philippines.