Headlined by new turbo four-pot engines, the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman go on sale in India.
Say hello to the new Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman models that have just arrived at our shores. Priced at Rs Rs 81.63 lakh (718 Cayman) and Rs 85.53 lakh (718 Boxster) - both ex-showroom, Delhi - the new models not only flaunt the iconic 718 nameplates but, also ditch the naturally aspirated motors of yore for downsized but more powerful turbocharged powertrains.
Visually, the 718 Boxster and Cayman look remarkably similar to the outgoing models. There have been subtle changes on the design front such as larger air intakes, new bumper, new quad-LED headlamps, redesigned alloy wheels and re-profiled taillights along with a new “accent strip” running between the tail-lamps. On the inside, updates are minimal although the new models now get a 911 Turbo-inspired steering wheel and Porsche’s latest communication management (PCM) system as standard fitment.
The new four-pot turbo engines are of course the main highlight of the 718 range. In the new models, Porsche has junked the old car’s naturally aspirated flat-six engine in favour of a duo of turbocharged engines - a 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre four-cylinder engines. The former develops 296bhp and 380Nm of torque and is available in the standard version of the car. Compared to the outgoing car, power in the new models is up by up to 35bhp while torque has increased by 100Nm. The bigger 2.5-litre engine is available in S versions, but they haven't been launched in India.
For the Indian market, the 718 range comes only with a single gearbox option - a seven-speed PDK (dual-clutch automatic). Drive from the engine goes only to rear wheels. The 718 models also come with optional Sport Chrono package with selectable driving modes and overboost function. Thanks to that, both the 718 Boxster and Cayman will clock 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 275km/h. In addition to that, Porsche also claims that the new models come with significant chassis modifications including stiffer springs and dampers, fatter rear tyres and a quicker steering rack.
The Porsche 718 Cayman will compete with its close cousin, the Audi TT, in India. Although technically not a direct rival, the Ford Mustang is also available in the same price bracket. As for the open-top 718 Boxster, it will take the fight to the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 in the country.
Also read: Porsche 718 Boxster First Drive