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2 Feb 2016

Porsche has revealed the new 2016 Updated Boxster model ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Taking on the new ‘718 Boxster’ moniker, it heralds the adoption of new turbocharged flat-four engines to replace the older naturally aspirated flat-six units.

As always with Porsche, there is a facelift as well, but it’s relatively subtle with all the major metal pressings remaining the same. The front bumper gets a sharper leading edge, slim daytime running lights and new more angular intakes. Sadly the central intake is now completely fake too, which doesn’t look great but we understand that leaving it open would have detrimental effects on the drag coefficient. At the sides the main engine intakes have been redesigned with two large vanes and a more pronounced outer edge, all to force more air into the engine bay more effectively.

At the rear the tail lights get new LED graphics, while the spoiler now has a gloss black strip running the width of the rear with the Porsche script on it. Not sure about that aspect, but you can always remove it in the options list. Then there is now a ‘718 Boxster’ badge below it, again removable if desired. Overall it’s a clean look, but we think the previous model, particularly the GTS, was a better looking car. Inside the 718 gets a new touchscreen infotainment system, while the new steering wheel seen on the revised 911 makes an appearance too.

But of course the big news here is that the flat-six Boxster is dead – long live the flat-four turbo! The standard Boxster gets a new 2.0 litre horizontally opposed four cylinder turbocharged engine, producing 296bhp and 280lb/ft of torque, which is 25bhp and 66lb/ft more than the 2.7 litre engine it replaces. This new power is good for a 0-62mph dash of 5.1 seconds (4.7 with PDK and launch control) and a top speed of 170mph. The Boxster S gets a 2.5 litre version of the engine, producing 345bhp and 310lb/ft of torque (25bhp and 37lb/ft increases over the 3.4) meaning a 4.6 second 0-62mph time (4.2 with PDK and launch control) and a 177mph top speed.

The 718 Boxster and Boxster S are available to order from March, and will cost £41.739 and £50,685 respectively.