Many people have been griping about the change from a flat 6 to a 4 cylinder turbo engine but, if Matt from Car Throttle can forgive Porsche for it maybe you can too. He does admit that the sound won’t ever be as good as the flat 6 but he gives us 7 reasons explaining why Porsche is forgiven for going turbo.
1. You can open and close the soft top at speeds not exceeding 40mph without having the roof torn off. In his words, “it is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of roofs.”
2. It’s an amalgamy of performance parts taken from the rest of Porsche’s range. You’ve got the 911 Carrera’s 4 piston brakes in the front, rear axle similar to the Cayman GT4, quick steering from the 911 Turbo, and the turbocharger tech from the 911 turbo.
3. The turbo can double as both a large and small turbocharger. The turbocharger wheel is surrounded by vanes that close at low revs to increase the air pressure and build boost while at high revs, they open up to allow more air through for a higher boost and to minimize back pressure.
4. More power and torque makes for a fun drive. The 718 Boxster S has a total of 350bhp and 310 lb-ft of torque at around 2000 rpm. If you go for the sport Chrono pack and PDK automatic gearbox, you’ll have an additional clock/stopwatch installed in your dash to let you see the Boxster go from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds.
5. Adjustable cup holders to accommodate drinks of all sizes.
6. The rear lights look like Leonardo DiCaprio’s eyes when he was squinting in Inception. Of course the rest of the Boxster looks great too; meaner, lower, and wider.
7. Porsche is great with gearboxes and they seemed to have tweaked this one to perfection. It offers short shift times and if you go with the 7-speed PDK, the gears change even faster with no power interruption.
Matt can forgive the 718 Boxster S, can you?