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TechArt, a German automobile tuning company, will be debuting their Porsche 718 Boxster upgrade package at the 2016 Essen Motor Show this week.

Staying as close to the original design as possible, the exterior looks to be sporting a few simple changes including a small front spoiler lip, a rear diffuser, side skirts, rear spoiler and a set of 21 inch Formula IV wheels with yellow accents. That’s just enough to give the 718 Boxster a bespoke look.

Inside the cabin, TechArt will be offering a “Type 7” sport steering wheel with leather, carbon fiber and lacquering applications. Customers can also get custom-painted trims, decorative stitching and more.

Aesthetics aside, GTSpirirt said the Techart tuning package will give the 718 Boxster’s 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four a power bump for a total of 400 horsepower. That’s a 100 hp jump in the standard 718 Boxster and 50 hp in the Boxster S. On top of the tune, it’ll also be getting a new sport exhaust system complete with titanium tailpipes and carbon fibre tips.

Techart should release detailed specs a the show and if you’re near Essen, why not stop by and take a look.

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Love that spoiler on the rear there. The accenting is nice, not overly done but enough to notice it with the little bits of carbon on the interior. 400hp would definitely make this thing darn fun to drive. Kinda hoped they would do some sort of suspension modifications. Or has that not been listed here? And I want to know what the tires are
 

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I'm not fond of the spoiler at all. The accenting colors are a bit too in my face to be honest. I prefer a more subtle accent and a bit more carbon fiber.
 

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Honestly I'm not crazy about any of it...the spoiler is a definite NO!

As far as more HP? Maybe for on the track but 350 is plenty for the road....and whats it doing to the longevity of the engine?
 

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Modify the engine with a tune and there goes your warranty out the door...I track my "S" regularly and 350 hp is a very nice balance for this car. It is fast because it corners so well and can carry a fair amount off speed through the turns.
 

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I took a closer look on their website & it's not for me either. I can't see anything that I'd really regard as a being a stylistic improvement over the standard car & that spoiler in particular is absolutely horrible. The exhaust tips (shown on a Cayman) would be quite nice if they weren't plastered in Techart branding but being as they unfortunately are, you can keep them as well.
 

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I would be interested in 400hp. Nothing like a 2900 lb car that goes 0-60 in less than 4 seconds.
That would be the Cayman S with PDK and the magic SC 20 sec. performance button (well, maybe not 2900 lbs; a bit more). Runs 0-60 in high 3's.

Anyone know the status of the tuning regulations? I thought they were going to make it much tougher to legally chip cars.

https://www.thenewspaper.com/news/48/4894.asp
 

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I've heard that there is potential for tuning to be clamped down on, but I don't think it goes into affect until next year. And of course people are already suing over it. Also, COBB is making tunes for both engines from what my Porsche dealer told me. So hopefully that will be available in the next few months.
 

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I've heard that there is potential for tuning to be clamped down on, but I don't think it goes into affect until next year. And of course people are already suing over it. Also, COBB is making tunes for both engines from what my Porsche dealer told me. So hopefully that will be available in the next few months.
That proposal will never become law. The legislation is based on copyright law and attempts to apply copyright restrictions to the actual computer code in your car's ECU.

Thing is, if you own the vehicle you can do anything you want to its code except for code that controls infotainment and emissions; that was backed up by a Federal court review of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) in November 2015. The final wording of that finding:

Computer programs that are contained in and control the functioning of a motorized land vehicle such as a personal automobile, commercial motor vehicle or mechanized agricultural vehicle, except for computer programs primarily designed for the control of telematics or entertainment systems for such vehicle, when circumvention is a necessary step undertaken by the authorized owner of the vehicle to allow the diagnosis, repair or lawful modification of a vehicle function; and where such circumvention does not constitute a violation of applicable law, including without limitation regulations promulgated by the Department of Transportation or the Environmental Protection Agency; and provided, however, that such circumvention is initiated no earlier than 12 months after the effective date of this regulation.

Basically, as long as an aftermarket entity doesn't sell the base code itself, it can market adjustments to the code for repair or modification purposes as long as it does not affect infotainment or make the car unlawful to the DoT or the EPA. This decision is good until late 2018 -- exceptions for Copyright Office guidelines as they relate to the DMCA are reviewed every three years -- and I very seriously doubt the current administration will become more diligent about ECU-flash aftermarket than the previous one.
 
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I took a closer look on their website & it's not for me either. I can't see anything that I'd really regard as a being a stylistic improvement over the standard car & that spoiler in particular is absolutely horrible. The exhaust tips (shown on a Cayman) would be quite nice if they weren't plastered in Techart branding but being as they unfortunately are, you can keep them as well.


FYI The rear diffusor is "glued on" I like the look, but industrial glue to hold it on for $750 unpainted. I don't think so.
 

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That would be the Cayman S with PDK and the magic SC 20 sec. performance button (well, maybe not 2900 lbs; a bit more). Runs 0-60 in high 3's.
i was just about to post that my car already does 0-60 in under 4 :)
 
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