In a sense, Westford, MA drivers have been waiting on the 2017 Porsche 718 models — the Porsche 718 Boxster and Porsche 718 Cayman — since the last Porsche 718 was built in 1962. The Porsche 718 nameplate made its return at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, where it would grace the next-generation models of the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman, and it will be seen at Porsche dealers like Porsche of Nashua in the months ahead.
In order to hit emissions targets, Porsche has cut both models’ curb weight and swapped out the 2016 models’ six-cylinder engines for a pair of new turbocharged direct-injected flat four-cylinder engines (one displacing 2.0 liters and putting out 300 hp, the other a 2.5 liter 350 horsepower engine). Other changes include a stiffer ride, and making the Porsche Boxster convertible more expensive than the Porsche Cayman hardtop (this used to be the other way ’round).
The cars’ change of name is no accident. The original Porsche 718 boasted spaceframe construction and was a fearsome competitor on the track, tallying up wins in class at Le Mans, and overall wins at the European Hill Climb Championship, the Targa Florio, and the 12 Hours of Sebring. In other words, resurrecting the nameplate is a reminder that while there are changes afoot, Porsche isn’t about to turn its back on its performance roots.
The Porsche 718 Cayman and Porsche 718 Boxster are due to debut at Porsche of Nashua by November of this year. If you can’t wait to get behind the wheel, or if you prefer a classic naturally-aspirated six cylinder engine to the incoming turbo four-cylinder engine, try the 2016 Porsche Cayman or Porsche Boxster. Set your GPS from Westford to your Nashua Porsche dealer at 170 Main Dunstable Road in Nashua, NH, or call ahead to (888) 695-4130 with any questions you may have.