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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster: This Is It

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The new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S get more than just a number attached to their names. The cars are getting new suspension, brakes, styling tweaks, and dropping six-cylinder engines for four.

Outside the 718 still looks like a Boxster to me, but Porsche assures us “every body part except for the luggage compartment lids, the windshield and the convertible top has been changed,” in a press release.

More importantly; the cars will keep their mid-engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain configuration but instead of a flat-six cylinder, both the peasant-spec and fancier Boxster S will run completely new turbocharged flat-four cylinders. The base gets a 2.0 300 horsepower version, the S moves up to a 2.5 and 350 horsepower.

And purists may rejoice: “True to their pure, driver focused character, the 718 Boxster models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), which now features fuel-saving virtual gears, is available as an option.”

Read the rest here: http://jalopnik.com/2017-porsche-718-boxster-this-is-it-1755317137

 

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