We’ve been waiting in anticipation for Porsche’s 718 Boxster for months now, and Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has finally introduced the all-new Boxster to the Malaysian market, earlier this morning. Retail prices for the Boxster and Boxster S start from RM480k and RM620k respectively, inclusive of duties, a four-year warranty and free maintenance package.
The most exciting bit has to be the new range of engines used in the 718 Boxster – a newly developed, turbocharged four cylinder engine. Powering the standard Boxster is a 2.0-litre mill that is good for 300hp/380Nm whilst the Boxster S gets a more powerful 2.5-litre engine that makes 350hp/420Nm.
All Boxster variants sold in Malaysia will come equipped with a seven-speed PDK as standard. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Boxster and Boxster S will achieve a century sprint of 4.7 seconds (0.8 seconds faster) and 4.2 seconds (0.6 seconds faster). The two will go on to hit a vmax of 275km/h and 282km/h respectively.
Despite all that extra oomph in power and performance, it is unsurprising that fuel economy sees an improvement. In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km (1.0 l/100 km less). In the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-litre turbo flat engine with PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km (0.9 l/100 km less).
“The new 718 Boxster models offer a significant leap in power and performance compared to the previous generation. It is a mid-engine sports car that combines the sporting spirit of the legendary 718 race car with that of the sports car of tomorrow,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP at the launch.In the flesh, the new 718 Boxster looks phenomenal. The front has a wider, more masculine appearance and on the sides, there are larger cooling intakes. The car’s bi-xenon headlamps have been redesigned and now include a four-point daytime running lights as an option.
From the side view, identifying features of the new model line include new, independently styled wings and side sills. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers. New 19-inch wheels are standard on the 718 Boxster S with 20-inch wheels available as an option.
At the back, the Porsche badge has been integrated between the tail lights, giving the impression of a slight duck-tail. But perhaps the most interesting visual feature of the car are its three-dimensional LED tail lights and four-point brake lights.
Inside, you are greeted by the now familiar Porsche interior, which includes the new instrument panel and updated Porsche Communication Management (PCM) unit. The PCM can be extended with optional modules to thoroughly adapt it to personal requirements. For instance, a navigation module with voice control is available, which makes it easy to input driving destinations. In addition, the Connect Plus module is available as an extension of the navigation module; it provides extended online services.
In its driving dynamics, the new roadster follows in the tracks of the original 718. The car’s completely retuned chassis enhances cornering performance. The electromechanical steering system is configured to be ten per cent more direct. This makes the 718 Boxster even more agile and easier to steer, both on circuit tracks and in everyday traffic.
PASM is also included as standard, and allows to lower ride height by 10mm. In the Boxster S, sport chassis lowers the car by up to 20mm. Active chassis has also been retuned to offer a broader spread between long distance touring comfort and dynamic sporty stiffness.
We’re really looking forward to getting our hands on this new 718 Boxster; when we do, we will be sure to share this with our readers. In the meantime, enjoy our gallery from this morning!