Porsche 718 Boxster Review-ALL NEW 2016 BOXSTER

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S is the latest evolution of the mid-engine sports car from Porsche. After 20 years, Porsche has replaced the flat-six Boxer engine with two new 4-cylinder turbo engines, producing 300 or 350hp. This latest Boxster has better handling a new suspension and steering to make it feel even better. the biggest change is the sound of the engine. The new Boxster or Boxter is now called the 718.

This is the latest boxster now called the 718 boxster why is it called the 718
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well because Porsche had a a race car back in the fifties and sixties was
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actually their very first custom-built race car built on the 550 was called the
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718 and it had a four-cylinder engine in the back and it won all kinds of races
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over a thousand races for Porsche
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so when Porsha decided to take the boxster and put a four-cylinder

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turbocharged engine in the back of the boxster they thought well we might as
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well name it after that famous race car so 718 boxer or boxster s now these cars

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have four-cylinder turbocharged engines and they're different from each other
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will explain that in a moment

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now the car looks similar to the existing boxster but there's really only
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a few items that have been held over the hood in the front and the convertible

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roof
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everything else is new in the front you see a much more aggressive spoiler it's
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a deeper spoiler it has bigger air openings the headlights you can get the
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quad LED daytime running lights which really do look smart
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around the back maybe a little controversial Porsche is going to this
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way of basically naming everything on the back of the card says porsche it

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says 17 it says box-to-box the rest
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I think what's going to eventually happen is they'll take all of that off
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and just put the price that you paid for the car on the back
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that's really what all that advertising is about you're paying for the more
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expensive model you want everybody to know much more muscular looking at the
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back
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the wheels have been pushed out to make room you would think it would be less
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room for a four-cylinder turbo but not the case
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this engine is actually takes up a little bit more space than the outgoing
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six-cylinder so we're here in Portugal
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we're going to take it for a drive and find out of four cylinders is up to the
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job of an old six-cylinder the add up to copy of the higher performance and the
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higher the Holocaust in your engine concept and so the
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I need a better suspension and for better performance for wide and frankly
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and it was an engineering goal of to go in
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all apartments and driving performance was a new generation
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now before we get driving i just talked about the inside quickly not many
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changes here
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the 718 gets a different PCM porsi communications management system
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there's two levels of connectivity it comes with a new 7-inch flushmount
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screen which looks a little bit better
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comes with apple carplay but no android auto and not sure that's ever going to
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come different steering wheels as well and there's a new dial here for the
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different sport mode if you get the sport Chronos package
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we're going to test that out so really nothing much to say about the inside
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other than the screen and it's got a new connectivity and even available LTE
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connection inside the car to put your device onto so let's fire this thing up
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and the first thing you'll notice is a different sound
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now
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you have to give Porcia credit for being able to take either a two liter for a
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two and a half liter 4 cylinder and make it sound as close as they could to the
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old six cylinder
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nothing is ever going to replace the sound of a flat 6 Porsche engine but
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this car after a couple of hundred kilometres especially driving on
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beautiful rose like we are here in Portugal you kind of forget about the
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old car and just embrace what they've done here and it has a throat eNOS to it
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but as I mentioned it's never going to be like the old car so just embrace
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what's new
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and there's a lot to enjoy here I mean a lot so just like that 7:18 race car that
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had a four cylinder engine that was only one and a half liters way back in the
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late fifties early sixties
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this is either a two liter on the base 718 boxster and it has 300 horsepower
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and 280 pound-feet of torque or you can get the S which is the one I would
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always go for it has 350 horsepower and 390 pound feet of torque and the nice
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thing about both engines is maximum torque comes on around nineteen hundred
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rpm all the way to 4500 RPM and that's what they've been able to do with this
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car is to provide much more usable intractable torque through a wider range
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I've had a chance to drive the s today with the manual which is so buttery
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smooth and it's still the six-speed they didn't go to the seven-speed like in the
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911 which I prefer the six-speed over the seven-speed all day long
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it's so buttery smooth and you can actually when you're driving and we have
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in the city at sort of 50 70 kilometers an hour you can just leave it in one of
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the higher gears in a dozen fantastic job
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now i'm in the PDK car and you drop a gear and you give it a kick and it just
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sounds fantastic and is lightning quick but it gets much better fuel economy
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which was really the whole exercise here this portion needs to improve their fuel
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economy and they've done that
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now let's talk about the weight you would think with a four cylinder cars
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got to be lighter right
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not the case this car is actually five kilos heavier because they had to add in
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all the cooling and everything for the intercoolers for the turbos and the
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packaging of the engine is just a little bit bigger than the six cylinder and
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because of that they've had to modify the rear suspension
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they put in wider wheels are a half inch wider in the back and modify the overall
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suspension even though the platform remains pretty much the same
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the steering is much quicker ten percent quicker than the older car and they're
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using in here
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the same setup that you get in the 911 turbo is the same steering setup here in
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the boxster so that's pretty good company pasm is a suspension system you
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can get which drops the suspension down by 20 millimeters and that definitely
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gives the car a more muscular look but also some great handling as well so
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that's available in the box there are the 718 boxer for the first time
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also there's a button here on the steering wheel and when you push that
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for a short period of time twenty seconds
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it keeps the turbo chargers at the optimum pressure for that 20 seconds and
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also optimizes the transmission to give you the best passing power
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now this car is quick it can go to a hundred kilometres an hour in the base
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engine in 4.7 seconds and with the s model that can get 200 kilometres an
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hour in just one point two seconds
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so the big question is this an upgrade over the existing beautiful flat-six
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engine that's in the current box during boxster s
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well yes it's better is more powerful
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it has more torque it delivers a much more enjoyable driving experience the
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only knock against it is the sound and you'll get used to that hurry
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once you start throwing it into corners like I am now it really is wonderful and
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it's amazing that they can actually make it sound like it does it's pretty good
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stuff
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so this porsche boxster starts at roughly sixty four thousand dollars for
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the base unit you want to get the S which is the one I recommend you get
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starts at 78 know anybody that's ever shot for a Porsche online or in person
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knows you have to add on all kinds of extra features and they can get quite
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expensive now granted this is not an inexpensive car but in reference to the
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911
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it is quite a bit cheaper and porsche boxster s i think is the best value in
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the Porsche lineup
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you get two trunks you get a convertible all the standard equipment and if you go
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for the s you get all kinds of power
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it's amazing what they've been able to do here kudos to the engineers have
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pulled this off
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300 and 350 horsepower from a four-cylinder turbocharged engine with
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amazing torque and a quicker steering ratio the car feels later on its feet
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and it does everything well the exhaust note does take a little bit of time to
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get used to but after a couple of hundred kilometres you forget all about
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it and just enjoy what is still a fantastic
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