The Porsche Boxster has come a long way since its inception 20 years ago – both in terms of styling (especially styling) and the overall brand image of the little mid-engine roadster. Today’s Boxster, which recently saw an overhaul, looks and feels less entry-level and more like the capable German rocket it was always meant to be. Finally, it can hang with its older 911 siblings and look the part.

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Today, Porsche gives its little two-seater more love, introducing the 718 Boxster model, including the more powerful Boxster S. Both models are more powerful while providing even better fuel numbers. With the new 718 designation, Porsche continues the tradition of the four-cylinder flat engines that were used in the Porsche 718 mid-engine sports cars that won numerous races back in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Targa Florio and Le Mans.

Completely revised design:

Excluding the luggage compartment, lids, windscreen, and convertible top, the new 718 sees more than a bump in power and fuel economy, receiving a completely revised design: the front of the 718 model line has a wider and more masculine appearance with much larger air intakes. It is rounded out by the new design of the bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are a new option.

More power, better fuel efficiency:

We’re not sure the 718 Boxster consumer cares about the 13-percent increase in fuel economy. But certainly should care about a 35-hp bump in power. The main attraction in the new 718 Boxster is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging.

718 Boxster Power

The 718 Boxster develops 300 hp of power from two litres of engine displacement. The two-litre engine creates maximum torque of 280 lb-ft (+ 74 lb-ft), available from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

718 Boxster  S Power

The more capable 718 Boxster S puts down 350 hp from 2.5 litres of displacement. The 2.5-litre engine attains 309 lb-ft (+ 43 lb-ft) from 1,900 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

Price and Availability:

US:

The 2017 718 Boxster and Boxster S go on sale now and will reach U.S. dealers in late June 2016. The 718 Boxster has a starting MSRP of $56,000, and the 718 Boxster S from $68,400, excluding the $1,050 destination charge.

Canada:

In Canada, the 718 will launch in the third quarter of 2016 with pricing starting at $63,900 for the 718 Boxster and $78,000 for the 718 Boxster S.

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