Precise, not fanciful. Self-assured, not restrained. Low, wide and sleek. The exterior design of the new 718 models ushers in a new era for the Boxster with sporty, distinctive edges and clearly defined formal contours.
The horizontal geometry of the air intakes makes the front end appear even wider – and lends it added bite. The fenders? Unmistakably Porsche. Higher than the front lid, they have been styled to give prominence to the new design of the headlights, which lay bare their inner workings and incorporate the LED daytime running lights.
The side profile emphasizes the midengine layout. The wheel arches are large, designed for wheels up to 20 inches in size. One thing is clear: the new 718 models were not intended for the shelter of the garage, but for the pleasure of driving. That’s precisely why the contouring on the doors purposefully directs headwind into the large air intakes on either side of the car. This ensures the optimum supply of air to the new turbocharged engines, a basis for their powerful forward thrust.
Another sporty detail: new exterior mirrors with v-shaped mirror base.
When closed, the fabric roof of the 718 Boxster completes the sleek silhouette typical of a sport car. At the push of a button, it opens and closes fully automatically in 9 seconds – even on the move, up to a speed of 31 mph.
The rear of the new 718 models is an expression of superlative sporty performance – and of the superlative performance of our designers. It is more cleanly defined, more pared back.
And yet it’s anything but conformist. The taillights are slim, their inner workings fashioned three-dimensionally. Four-point LED lights are incorporated into each of the horizontal rear light housing. Between the two taillights, an accent trim makes the rear end look even wider.
The wing above extends automatically at a speed of 75 mph, reducing lift to provide even better roadholding performance.