The time has come: we’ve had our first go behind the wheel of Porsche’s new 718 Boxster, and here is the video to prove it.
In standard form, the 2016 Boxster 718 gets a turbocharged 2.0-litre flat-four unit that produces 296bhp, but the car we’re testing here, a Boxster S, uses a 350bhp 2.5-litre four-pot. It’s both more powerful and frugal than the old car’s flat-six, and its more compact size means it’s lighter too. The results make for faster performance figures and fewer visits to the fuel pump. Happy days.
But the real question is this: how does ditching two cylinders and using forced induction affect the Boxster 718’s character? Will we miss the old flat-six’s wail, or will the added grunt of the new turbo-four make the 2016 car a more exciting car to drive?
Autocar’s head of video Matt Prior aims to answer these questions and more in our latest video. You can view it above. Once you’ve watched it let us know what you think; has the Boxster lost its charm or do you think Porsche has created another class-leading sports car?