Bigger isn’t always better. The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster — already a pint-sized powerhouse — goes even smaller in all the right ways in order to make a very good car a downright great one. If you’re looking for a new Porsche car around Danvers, MA, or just passing by Porsche of Nashua, here’s why it’s worth your while to stop in and have a look.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster had a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine. When it was announced that the 2017 model would be called the Porsche 718 Boxster, nobody batted an eyelash. When they heard that the six-cylinder would be dropped in favor of a turbocharged flat four, many of those same people lost their minds. This, they said, was sacrilege.
Nonsense. As Car & Driver noted, “If history has taught us anything, it’s that you should never doubt what Porsche is capable of doing with a four-cylinder engine or a turbocharger. And the 718 Boxster is no exception.”
The smaller size and lower displacement sacrifices nothing; the base trim puts out 300 horsepower, while the Porsche 718 Boxster S produces 350 horsepower. The higher horsepower is pushing a car that’s not only riding on a stiffer frame, but is considerably lighter thanks to a combination of engineering and — wouldn’t you know — that lower-displacement engine.
The two Porsche 718 models are proof that four-cylinder engines aren’t the sole province of dull economy cars. Done right — as it’s done here and in the Porsche 718 Cayman, in other words — a four-cylinder engine can be a wonder to behold… and an awful lot of fun to drive.
But don’t take our word for it. Get to Porsche of Nashua at 170 Main Dunstable Road in Nashua, NH today. Test drive the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster — in all its four-cylinder glory — and see for yourself what makes this car so special.