PORSCHE 718 Boxster
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Porsche had a long history with the T-versions for its vehicles.
It was used for “Touring” cars. The cars wearing that letter were stripped-out from luxury items in favor of more performance.
Porsche raced and won many races, including the Tourist Trophy from Man Island and, of course, the famous Targa Florio. From then on, the T-models were chosen to be offered for those who asked for more performance and cornering speed.
On the outside, the 718 Boxster T had featured 20” light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium gray. Since it was fitted with the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), the ground clearance was lowered by 20 mm (0.8”) than the regular 718 Boxster. The door-mirrors were painted in gray as well. In the back, the centrally-mounted exhausts with twin tailpipes were black chrome-plated.
Inside, the 718 Boxster T featured door-pulls instead of handles. The infotainment unit was removed and a big storage box took its place. It was useful for gloves. The two-way adjustments seats with black Sport-Tex center sections featured 718 logos embroiled on the headrests.
The twin-turbo flat-four engine offered 300 hp. It was paired with a 6-speed manual, but a 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) automatic was offered as an option. The rear locking differential and the PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring) were standard as well and helped the car achieve a better cornering speed. On top of that, the 718 Boxster T featured dynamic gearbox mounts, to minimize vibrations.
Following the name of the famous 718 roadster, the 2016 Boxster was introduced two decades after the first generation of the small, mid-engined, Porsche.
The new generation took its inspiration from its famous predecessor and some parts looked similar to those found on the 918 Spyder supercar from 2013. The new generation was sleeker and promised to be even better on the tracks and more comfortable on the roads as well.
At the front, the Boxster featured a front fascia, with LED headlights. It featured a lower and wider grille in the apron. On the sides, the air-intakes for the mid-mounted engine were deeper and taller, to allow a better air-flow for the engine. The door-mirrors were supported by two struts. In the back, a trapezoidal exhaust was installed in the middle of the apron. A retractable wing was mounted behind the engine lid.
Inside, the sport seats were covered in Alcantara in the middle and featured the 718 badges embroiled on the headrests. For the infotainment unit, the Boxster featured a PCM (Porsche Communication Management) which could have been paired to a smartphone via Apple CarPlay. There was a way to communicate with an Android device as well, but it didn’t support Android Auto.
The basic Boxster was powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline unit. It offered a total output of 300 hp and it was paired as standard with a 6-speed manual, while a 7-speed automatic (PDK – dual-clutch) was on the options list.