2016 Porsche Boxster vs. 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster: What’s the Difference?

Porsche has obviously made some changes from the 2016 Boxster to the 2017 718 Boxster, but is it more than adding a number to make it different? Yes, there is much more.

Let’s get the number issue out of the way first. The “718” brings back some history, with its reference to the 718 racing car built between 1957 and 1962. Some of its achievements included first in class and third overall at Le Mans in 1958, overall victory at Targo Florio in 1959, winner of the European Hill Climb Championship in 1958 and 1959, and a class win at Le Mans in 1961.

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Back to 2017, the 718’s dimensions remain the same as the 2016 Boxster. Main body elements such as the windshield, front and rear lids, and the convertible top remain unchanged. Some exterior changes include new bi-xenon headlights, redesign of the lower air dam, new exterior mirrors, more streamlined door handles, and larger engine air intakes to meet the demands of the new turbocharged engines. The taillights are new LEDs in a darkened housing with a new shape, and they blend with a new spoiler with a raised Porsche script badge. A rearview camera and parking sensors are also standard.

Interior changes are subtle, but contribute to a more refined look. The dash has been reshaped and includes the new Porsche Communication Management touch screen. This new touchscreen can be controlled with swipe and pinch gestures like a smartphone. The system also includes Apple Car Play. The available clock in the Sport Chrono package now resides in its own pod as with other Porsche models. The steering wheel was taken from the 918 Spyder with a more ergonomic design, and can include the 911-inspired rotary selector for the 718’s drive modes. If you have the PDK transmission, there is also a Sport Response button in the center of the rotary selector which gives you 20 seconds of max performance.

The biggest change from 2016 to 2017 is with the engines. In 2016 the Boxster used horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engines. 2017 brings a redesign, with turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder base engine developing 300 horsepower, a significant increase from last year’s 265 horses. The Boxster S now has a 2.5 liter inline 4-cylinder developing 350 horsepower. Other changes include a widening of the response range in the available adaptive steering, with more difference between normal and Sport modes, and a 10 percent improvement in steering response.

In summary, there is a lot more to the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster than adding a historic number. You need to check out this gem for yourself at Manhattan Motorcars. We offer Porsche’s 2017 718 Boxster as well as Porsche’s full model line, and our professional sales personnel can show you all the great features of this amazing car with its historic lineage.

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