The entry-level Boxster will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four engine, producing 300hp – and will come with a £41,739 price tag (a rise of £1,641 over the outgoing model – and more expensive than the equivalent Cayman).
The Boxster S will top the range for the time being, boasting 350hp from its 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo. That’ll cost £2,142 than the current Boxster S – with prices starting at £50,685.
Both models now pack an extra 35hp over their predecessors, while a hot GTS model is mooted for 2017.
They’re also available with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional seven-speed PDK dual clutch auto transmission – with added fuel-saving ‘virtual gears’, previously seen on the 911.
In the 718 Boxster, the 2.0-litre engine with PDK has a combined fuel consumption figure of 40.9 mpg (5.1 mpg more than the previous model). In the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-litre turbo engine with PDK returns 38.7 mpg combined (4.3 mpg more than its predecessor).
When fitted with the PDK ‘box, the new Boxster has a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 171mph. That’s almost a whole second (0.9) quicker to 62mph than the outgoing Boxster.
The new Boxster S will hit 62mph in 4.2 seconds and is good for 177mph.
Porsche says the chassis of the 2016 Boxster has been revised to offer ‘enhanced cornering performance’, while the electro-mechanical power steering system is configured to be 10% more direct.
Cosmetic improvements are limited – the front bumper has been tweaked, while the bi-xenon headlights have been redesigned. To the rear, the lights have been revised, and a new ‘Porsche’ badge runs along an accent strip.
Inside, the Boxster gets the latest-generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system as standard.
We’ll first see the new 718 Boxster and Boxster S in the metal at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, with sales expected to start in the spring.