To keep up with the worldwide trend of progressive fuel economy standards, Porsche has officially dropped the first four cylinder model in 20 years. The new flat-four uses the Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), which is also used in the new 911 Turbo. The new 718 will come equipped with two trims, the standard being a 2.0L turbo boxer-four which develops 300hp. The 718 has a 13 percent bump in fuel economy over the previous six-cylinder, and comes equipped with 280 lb-ft of torque, a +74 gain over the old 2.7 flat six.0-60 will happen in a mere 4.7 seconds, 0.8 faster than the 2.7. Porsche has also claimed to re-tune the suspension and modify the chassis, specifically for the new engines.
The 718 Boxster S jumps to 2.5L turbocharged flat-four with 350hp and 310 lb-ft. 0-60 mph happens in just 4.2 seconds, 0.6 faster than the the 3.4L predecessor. Both the base and S model will come equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and PDK as an option.
Porsche Active Suspension Management now features a 10mm reduction in ride height. Porsche claims a “10 percent more direct” electro-mechanical steering system in the new 718. The 718 Boxster will be at your dealership this June and start at $56,000 for the base, and $68,000 for the S model.
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