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Published on August 2nd, 2016 | by Subhash Nair

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Porsche 718 Boxster Makes Malaysian Debut

Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is introducing a generation change that also changes the model designation. The new generation models are now known as the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. The two-seat convertibles are now more powerful and more fuel efficient.

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Porsche is thus continuing the tradition of four-cylinder flat engines in its 718 mid-engine sports cars. In the 1950s and 1960s, these cars won numerous races, including the legendary Targa Florio and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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The centrepiece of the model series is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging. The 718 Boxster develops 300 hp of power from two litres of engine displacement, while the 718 Boxster S attains 350 hp from 2.5 litres of displacement. In the S model, Porsche also uses a turbocharger with variable turbine geo- metry (VTG).

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Thus, the 718 Boxster S joins the 911 Turbo in using VTG technology, making Porsche the only manufacturer to use this technology in production vehicles with petrol engines. Impressive here are the power gain of 35 hp compared to the previous Boxster models and the efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent.

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The completely new chassis tuning and stronger brakes provide for passionate and sporty driving pleasure. The design of the new model line has also been comprehensively advanced – apart from the luggage compartment lids, windscreen and soft top, everything else is new.

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Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a 10 millimetre lower ride height comes in standard for both 718 Boxster models. For the first time, the PASM sport chassis with a 20 millimetre lower ride height is available as an option for the 718 Boxster S. The active chassis, which has also been retuned, offers an even broader spread between long-distance touring comfort and dynamic sporty stiffness.

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Inside, a newly designed instrument panel redefines the cockpit. In addition, the latest gene- ration of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a state-of-the-art touchscreen is included as standard. The navigation module is available as an option.

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The retail base price for the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S starts from RM480,000 and RM620,000. All prices stated come with a four-year warranty and free maintainance package. The price stated includes all applicable duties excluding registration fee, road tax and insurance. Specifications and prices are subject to change without prior notice.


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