The Porsche Boxster is now available as the 2016 Porsche 718 Boxster in Oman, with turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and upgraded styling.
The Porsche 718 Boxster relaunches the brand’s use of four-cylinder flat engines (used back in the 1950’s and 60’s in the 718.
The new look of the car is attention getting. The front end of the roadster has a wider appearance which incorporates larger cooling air intakes, a distinct result of the new turbo engine concept, as well as newly designed bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are now available as an option.
New styled wings and side sills sit alongside larger air inlet panels with two fins and doors without handle recess covers. The Boxster S features new 19-inch wheels as standard, whilst 20-inch wheels are available as an option.
The 718 Boxster’s rear gets a redesigned accent strip, with integrated Porsche lettering. The tail lights are have ‘three-dimensional’ LED technology and four-point brake lights.
The newly developed engine with turbocharging results in the 718 Boxster developing 300 hp (220 kW) from 2.0 litres of engine displacement. The 718 Boxster S produces 350hp (257 kW) from a 2.5 litres displacement, using a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG). Porsche uniquely offers VTG technology in production cars with petrol-driven engines, both in the 911 Turbo and in the 718 Boxster S. The two Boxster models feature a considerable power gain of 35 hp (26 kW).
Equipped with Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and Sport Chrono Package, the 718 Boxster hits the standing 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (- 0.8 seconds), with a top speed of 275 km/h. Featuring the same options, the 718 Boxster S reaches the 100-km/h mark in 4.2 seconds (- 0.6 seconds) and has a top speed of 285 km/h.
Sportier tuning of chassis
The car’s completely retuned chassis enhances cornering performance. Its electromechanical steering system, which is now configured to be ten per cent more direct, results in the 718 Boxster becoming more agile and easier to steer, both on the race track and in everyday traffic.
Porsche Active Suspension Management
For both models, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with a ten millimetre lower ride height, is now available as an option. In addition, the S-version can be equipped with the PASM sport chassis, resulting in a 20 millimetre lower ride height. The active chassis, which has also been retuned, offers a broader spread between long-distance touring comfort and dynamic sporty stiffness.
Sport Chrono Package
Similar to the new 911, the optional Sport Chrono Package which comprises of three settings: Normal, Sport and Sport Plus, now also features the ‘Individual’ programme setting. When also equipped with PDK, the Sport Response Button is available to the driver to configure the responsiveness of the engine and PDK to be very direct.
Porsche Communication Management as standard
Both the cars get upgraded interiors with new instrument panel and all-new PCM unit, featuring mobile phone and audio interfaces, as well as Sound Package Plus with 110 watts of audio power. As an option, PCM can ordered with the navigation module, operated by voice control.