Porsche Introduces New Turbocharged Flat-Four 718 Boxster And Cayman Style Editions

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The Boxster comes in what might be Porsche's most striking color ever.

This year, Porsche has introduced several special editions, including an all-new 911 GT3 RS inspired by the original 2.7 from 1973 and the magnificent Porsche 911 Sport Classic with a turbocharged engine and a manual gearbox.

Now it's the entry-level sportscar's turn with the introduction of the 2023 Porsche 718 Boxster and 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman Style Editions, arriving in Europe for 2023 with global availability to follow.

Both Style Editions are equipped with the entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine, producing 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the two 911s mentioned above, these 718 special editions will likely not break the bank.

US pricing is not available yet, but Porsche will share more information next year.

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Both cars send power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. With the row-it-yourself option, 0-60 mph takes 4.9 seconds. That time drops to 4.5 seconds with the optional PDK dual-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Package boxes ticked. No matter which transmission you opt for, the top speed is 170 mph.

To differentiate the Style Editions from a standard 718, the cars ride on 20-inch 718 Spyder wheels finished in high-gloss black with colored Porsche crests. Other exterior enhancements include gloss black Sport Tailpipes and silver Porsche script. As for the Boxster, it receives a unique "Boxster" logo embossed in the fabric roof.

Customers can opt for Style Edition contrast packages. Both include decorative stripes on the hood and "PORSCHE" logos on the side, while the wheels and rear model designation are painted in black or high-gloss white.

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Porsche doesn't mention every available color, but we'd have a tough time turning down the new Ruby Star Neo hue, which is a modern interpretation of Porsche's classic Ruby Star used on the 964 Carrera RS.

Inside, the Style Editions add a few features, including floor mats with contrasting Chalk stitching, black leather with Chalk stitching, and headrests with an embossed Porsche crest. Feature-wise, Porsche must have been feeling extremely generous while speccing these cars. Both come standard with Bi-Xenon headlights, including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with four-point LED daytime running lights, parka assist front and rear, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and two-zone climate control.

If you want a Boxster or Cayman with a bit more flair but can't quite afford a Spyder or the ballistic GT4 RS, the Style Edition might be a worthwhile alternative.

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