For the past 20 years, Porsche Boxsters have had a naturally aspirated flat-six engine configuration. The 2017 releases of the Boxster and Boxster S elevates the Boxster to the top of Porsche’s lineup and a switch to flat-four engines that may leave some enthusiasts baffled. However, the wisdom out of Zuffenhausen proves to be flawless once again. Let’s take a look at why.
The new turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine of the 2017 Boxster produces 300 horsepower, which is on par with the previous generation Boxster S. The new, more powerful 2017 Boxster S has a displacement increase of 0.5 liters, a variable-vane turbocharger and produces 350 horsepower.
What may be most noteworthy is the increase in torque. While the outgoing 2.6-liter flat six required higher revs to make power, the new 2.0-liter engine of the 2017 Boxster achieves an impressive increase of 74 lb.-ft. of torque above the old flat six for a total of 280 achieved between 1950 and 4500 rpm. The 2017 Boxster S achieves peak torque in the same rpm range, creating a maximum of 309 lb-ft, the same amount produced by the Boxster Spyder’s 3.8-liter flat six.
The 2017 Porsche Boxster is the Fastest Boxster Ever
According to Porsche, the 2017 Boxster with the PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono package achieves speeds of 0-60 mph in a quick 4.5 seconds. The identically configured Boxster S achieves 0-60 mph in an even faster 4.0 seconds. Porsche has a record of conservatively estimating these numbers, and speculation is that the Boxster S may even achieve these speeds in something closer to 3.5 seconds, which would let it compete easily with the 911 Carrera GTS.
The 2017 Boxster has a top speed of 170 mph; the Boxster S, 177 mph. As an added benefit, Porsche estimates the Boxster engines to be 14% more fuel efficient than previous generations.
The 2017 Boxster is a great choice for anyone who wants a reasonably priced high-end sports car with great performance suitable for any type of city and highway driving but doesn’t want to pay the difference for extra speed and torque they are unlikely to use.
The 2017 Boxster S, going for about $12,000 more than the Boxster, provides the same great driving experience, and then some. If you’re someone who wants peak performance or some weekend adventures at the track, or maybe just a little more pick-up on those long, deserted stretches of highway, treat yourself to the extra torque and horsepower of the Boxster S.
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