As MotorChase has anticipated in December, Porsche will call the Cayman and Boxster like this no more. These names will be a suffix to the real car name, which will be 718. The name pays an homage to the race car with 4-cylinder engines that became famous in the 1950s. And that says much about the new car.
The 718 Boxster will have a 2.0 4-cylinder petrol turbocharged engine behind its two seats. It will develop 220 kW and 380 Nm between 1,950 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The 718 Boxster S will have a 2.5 4-cylinder petrol turbocharged unit able to generate 257 kW and 420 Nm from 1,900 rpm until 4,500 rpm. Our guess is that the company will drop the name Boxster in the near future in favour of Roadster. And Cayman will eventually become the 718 Coupé.
There is also word that Porsche is preparing a 1.6 4-cylinder engine for the entry-level 718 which will produce around 150 kW. The 2.5 is said to be able to reach 300 kW.
The new 718 Boxster can reach 100 km/h from standstill in 4.7 s and its top speed is 275 km/h. The 718 Boxster S does the same in 4.2 s and can attain 285 km/h. Fuel consumption has dropped with the new 4-pot units: with the PDK gearbox, the 718 Boxster delivers 6.9 l/100 km and the Boxster S needs 7.3 l/100 km.
The car will be introduced in Europe in April 30, costing 53,646 euros in the 718 Boxster trim in Germany. The 718 Boxster S will cost 66,141 euros.