While the name Porsche 718 Boxster will take some getting used to, the car fits right in at the Geneva Motor Show stand – it’s unmistakably a Porsche.
The 718 Boxster made its official debut Tuesday at the show, sporting a newly toned and sculpted exterior from the outgoing just plain Boxster. Take a few minutes to spot the differences, though. Changes are evolutionary, and even that might be stretching the description.
Not that it’s a bad thing Porsche freshened the lights, door handles and wheels. Attempts to make the front more aggressive are mostly successful, too. Current Boxster fans are unlikely to complain much over the newness here.
Of course the real story about the 718 can’t be completely understood under the show lights. Wedged in the middle of the car is the new turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four that powers the Boxster replacement, with 300 horsepower in the standard car and 350 in the S model. Team that with what Porsche says is steering that’s 10 percent more direct and a newly available Porsche Active Suspension Management sport chassis for a 20 millimeter lower ride height and the mission is clear.
The 718 is the old Boxster that’s been to spin class on a regular basis.
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