The 718 was first built by Porsche between 1957 and 1962 and made use of a flat four engine. This sparked the return of the 718 name to the boxster and cayman models.
What are the specs ?
The 718 Boxster S is now fitted with a 2.5-litre turbo-charged four cylinder engine which kicks out 345bhp and 420 N.m of torque. Keep in mind that the previous generation Boxster GTS, with the much-loved flat-6 engine, produces 325bhp and 370 N.m of torque.
Two transmission options are available: A six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The PDK system allows for a 0-100 km/h time of 4 secs dead while the manual only adds 4 tenths bringing the time to 4.4 secs. The top speed is around 285 km/h.
Apart from the revised and more sharper look, the boxster has some important changes underneath.The car uses the same chassis as the previous gen cayman but with the addition the direct steering system from a 911 turbo and the front brakes from a 911 Carrera with the option of Carbon Ceramic Brakes .
Porsche has increased the options list with the 718 by adding in an Active Suspension Management System (PASM). The system is available in two versions: The basic version lowers the car 10mm while the Sport version lowers the car 20mm.
What’s it like to drive ?
Initial opinions of the 718 weren’t pleasant but once I got behind the wheel that all changed. Firstly the 2.5-litre engine is not one of the best turbo charged engines I have experienced. The throttle is sharp and responsive but only after the lower rev-range but there is almost no lag. This is done by allowing boost to build by leaving the throttle open for around two seconds after the driver lifts off the throttle. The S model also uses a variable turbine turbo carried down from the 911 turbo. This allows the turbocharger to give a response of a smaller turbo at low engine speeds and allows for the power of a bigger turbo at higher engine speeds.
The gear shifts are insanely quick and even give some pops and bangs. The handling of the 718 is the selling point. The car is extremely agile and powers out of corners with amazing torque. The steering is immensely precise but still lacks just a little feeling.
The 718 generation cayman/boxster is one of the best sports cars money can buy at a base price of R904000. The car is quick, agile and responsive. However there has to be a downside and that is the exhaust note. It takes away the raw excitement from the car which is replaced by the rush you get from the turbo.