Perhaps it was fitting that the fourth generation Porsche Boxster – now dubbed the 718 Boxster – was revealed at the enormous sound stage of Singapore’s Infinite Studios.
Like a gala movie night, the star of the show was the all-new fourth generation 718 Boxster and Boxster S models that, for the first time, have broken tradition with the previous Boxster engineering philosophy of mid-mounted six cylinder ‘boxer’ engines.
Instead, a more compact horizontally-opposed four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant sits mid-plane in the popular roadsters, which are named after the iconic Porsche 718 racing cars that were produced between 1957 and 1962 and achieved a class win at Le Mans in 1961.
While both Boxsters make do with two cylinders less, they are up on power and performance, while a reduced engine weight further adds to an enhanced power-to-weight ratio.
The new 2.0-litre Boxster makes 300hp, compared with 265hp for the previous generation and zips from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds with the PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono Package. It hits a claimed top speed of 275km/h.
Meanwhile, the new 2.5-litre Boxster S – also with PDK and Sport Chrono – makes 350hp (35hp more than the previous model) with the aid of a variable turbine geometry turbocharger and reaches 0-100km in 4.2 seconds and on to a claimed top speed of 285km/h.
Like the new range of Porsche 911s, the addition of a turbocharger not only adds performance but tightens up on emissions as well as improving fuel economy with the Boxster turning out a claimed overall return of 7.0l/100km and the S model achieving an average of 7.4l/100km.
Additional new features to the Boxster are a revised electro-mechanical steering rack that is said to be 10 per cent more direct than the previous model for even sharper feedback and the Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM) provides a 10mm lower ride height than before, with a 20mm lower ride height available as an option for the Boxster S.
Prices for the new models start at $258,788 for the 718 Boxster and $316,588 for the 718 Boxster S along with a five-year free maintenance and warranty programme, but exclude COE.