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The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS a future blast from the past

Our story begins today from the late 1950s when the German manufacturer Porsche decided to enter the race arena with a revolutionary car: the “718”.

The “718” of the 1950’s shocked all race enthusiasts by being able to out-race its competitors equipped with a relatively smaller four-cylinder mid-engine. This phenomenon car created a new milestone in the history of automotive racing and manufacturing.

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Fast forward 40 years later to 1996, Porsche introduced the first generation of Boxster, this particular car is one of the main factors that contributed to the financial recovery of Porsche at that time.

To be followed later on with three successful generations of Porsche Boxster, out of which is this 4th generation amazing machine.

Taking our time machine back to the current present, we have decided to experiment the legend of the 718 mixed with the lucky charm of the Boxster adding to it the GTS badge: “The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS”, and there is no better place to go enjoy this experience other than the empty paved desert roads of Dubai.

Our Journey in Dubai began with a Rendez-vous with Two Porsche Boxster fanatics and owners trying to understand the passion behind their attachment to the Boxster previous generations: Mario Maatouq owner of a Porsche Boxster generation II and Melanie Schindler owner of Boxster Generation III GTS and of course I had to show up with the fourth generation Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.

As expected, stories were swapped across about our passion for the Porsche brand especially that I’m a Porsche fanatic myself and the life they lived inside their Porsche noting that both of them own several Porsche as well.

After going through the history of the Boxster and trying to prove which is the best generation, we took a pause and decided to put the 3 cars next to each other for a visual evolution of this amazing machine.

If I want to talk about the car I’m driving: the 4th generation of Boxster, it was clear that this generation has the slickest appearance with the adoption of “Sport design” by Porsche backed up by its completely new front bumper and the latest technology and design for the front and tail headlights.

Paradoxically, although Mario and Milani were dazzled by the new design, Mario was hooked on his second generation Boxster that for him had a unique family value. Melanie insisted that she is somehow connected to her third-generation Boxster from first sight despite the fact that they own several Porsche cars at home. However, the fourth generation had a different appeal for everybody and from here our journey begins.

Once inside the cabin, you cannot but notice that the car you are driving is a GTS by all means. The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS features two standard Sport Seats Plus engraved with the GTS logo on the headrest, a GTS logo on the RPM dials reminding you at all times that this is not an ordinary vehicle. In addition, and for that extra athletic design the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS cockpit comes with Alcantara materials, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum laid out on most cabin design parts.

The dream starts at the first engine spark as the “GTS” logo welcomes you on the TFT screen coped with a unique symphony emanating from that sporty exhaust system. In just a few seconds, I was pumped up and ready to roll joined by my two Porsche fellows with their 2nd and 3rd generation Boxster. Rooftop down, I was enjoying my time with the new “PCM” infotainment system keeping me company, entrained and connected at all times with the easy to use touch-screen as we cruise the urban side of Dubai.

Unfortunately, Mario and Melanie’s journey came to an end as we reached the last metropolitan scenery of Dubai and started to enter the empty free roads of the tranquil desert. The silence was torn by the thunder of the Boxster’s revving; I was living a performance experience like no other “within speed limits off course” that brought back the history of the legendary 718 in the 1950s taking its competitors by surprise with a smaller engine size.

A quick comparison between the third and fourth generation engines came as a surprise: the first is a 3.4-liter V6 engine and the second is a four-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharger, however despite the smaller displacement, the 718 produced an additional 35 hp reaching a total of 365 horsepower and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 290 km/h coped with the PDK gearbox.

On the drivability level, the adrenaline rush and action flairs don’t come only from engine performance, it is a combination of several factors that make the Boxster GTS one of the most stable vehicles in speeding cornering. In addition to the mid-car location engine, the complex systems of suspension and stability control using Porsche’s experience in racing give the driver an unprecedented sensation of joy. The 718 Boxster GTS comes equipped with Porsche Active Suspension System “PASM”, PSM Sport and PTV coped with a mechanical rear differential lock, allows aspiring drivers to get closer to the maximum vehicle limits without taking the risk of losing control.

For me, one of the most important features of the fourth generation is the “PTPA” application, allowing the driver to record driving data directly from the race ring on his smartphone and being able to share it on his social media accounts or even analyze his driving techniques.

And if that isn’t enough, for straight line racers like myself the “Launch control” function is what makes it all worthwhile and don’t get me started on that small button on the steering wheel “Sport Response button” that gets you all drooling to get the maximum rush for 20 seconds simulating Hollywood movies experience or even race games.

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400 hp and lift system for the Porsche 718

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TECHART Aerodynamics and Styling for the 718.

The TECHART aerokit for the new Porsche 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman models boosts the dynamic appearance of the mid-engined sportscars. A two-piece front spoiler with integrated splitter visually extends the 718’s front view. The central air outlet helps to reduce the aerodynamic lift. Both, splitter and air outlet are optionally available in carbon fiber. Curved fins enhance the side air intakes. The TECHART rear diffusor surrounds the two central tailpipes.

Aerodynamic highlight and design statement: the two rear spoiler variants. The TECHART rear spoiler I features a body colored wing profile. As an alternative to the rear spoiler I, the 718 Cayman can be equipped with the prominent rear spoiler II. Its motorsport styling is unmistakable. The wing profile of the rear spoiler II rests on black anodized aluminium uprights. As an option, the wing profile of the rear spoiler II is available in carbon fiber.

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The TECHART Carbon Fiber Sport Package.

Sporty elements made of TECHART carbon fiber underlines the preference for individuality and adds unique design and character to all 718 models. Spotless carbon surfaces in matt or high gloss finish and flexible configuration options make the TECHART Carbon Sport Package the perfect choice to set sincere motor sport styling highlights.

Precision-made in TECHART’s inhouse manufactory, genuine TECHART carbon fiber parts embody the freedom of personalization which is characteristic for the TECHART brand.

 

TECHART Sport Springs, Noselift System and lightweight wheels.

Following the sport-focused exterior, TECHART chassis and wheel options put the driving dynamics of the 718 into the spotlight. A 30 mm ride height lowering and progressively balanced TECHART sports springs provide a direct and sporty road handling.

New for the 718: the renowned TECHART Noselift front axle lift system makes common obstacles such as ramps, speed humps and curbs a thing of the past. At the push of a button, the hydraulic ride-height control provides up to 60 mm of additional ground clearance at the front spoiler in order to prevent grounding. TECHART Noselift for the 718 models includes two front axle sport springs (each with main an helper springs), two rear axle sport springs, two hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic unit, installation kit and assembly instructions.

The weight-optimized 21-inch TECHART Formula IV alloy wheel with its dynamic twin-spoke design is available for the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman models in the dimensions 9J x 21 (front) and
9.5J x 21 (rear). All TECHART wheels are available in individually matched custom colors.

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TECHART Power and Sound, whenever you’re in the mood.

The TECHART TA 082/S1 engine enhancement increases the performance of the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine further. With the TECHTRONIC powerkit, 480 Nm of torque is delivered to the rear wheels at just 2.800 rpm (standard: 420 Nm). A maximum power output of 294 kW (400 hp) is available at 6,500 rpm, accelerating the 718 Boxster S and the 718 Cayman S to a top track speed of 294 km/h (standard: 257 kW (350 hp) / 285 km/h). Thus, the gap between standstill and 100 km/h shrinks to just 3.9 s, making the 2.5 l 718 models as fast as a 911 Carrera S.

The TECHART powerkit is activated automatically in SPORT and SPORT PLUS mode. And, like in all TECHART TECHTRONIC powerkits, peace of mind is included as standard, thanks to the extensive warranty which covers engine and drivetrain.

 

Sport Sound, composed by steel, titanium and carbon.

The TECHART exhaust system »Racing« creates a deep, powerful boxersound with a clear difference between “Normal“ and “Sport“ mode. Just like the powerkit, the valve exhaust is controlled with the standard SPORT Button or the optional mode switch.

At standstill, two central titanium TECHART tailpipes with carbon fiber tips indicate the sporty feature. However, the TECHART exhaust system »Racing« can also be combinded with the factory tailpipes.

 

For big or small wishes: TECHART Saddlery and Interior Manufactory

TECHART’s saddlery and leathershop transfers individual preferences into bespoke interior designs for the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. Porsche owners around the globe appreciate the unsurpassed accurateness and craftsmanship of the TECHART manufactory processing select materials such as carbon fiber, leather hides, Alcantara® or lacquered surfaces.

Whether customers decide to set accentuating highlights or prefer a full individual treatment of their 718 interior, TECHART sets no limits to real individuality and exclusiveness. The TECHART interior program is completed by details such as color matched instrument dials, aliminium sport pedals, illuminated personalized door entry guards and more.

A TECHART signature feature for the 718: the TECHART »Type 7« sport steering wheel. Composed by select materials and perfected design, every stage of production requires an extraordinary level of quality and accuracy. This is why still today all genuine TECHART steering wheels are handmade at the

in-house leathershop in Leonberg/Germany.

Reduced in diameter (360 mm) and ergonomically designed, it does not only catch your eye. The combination of painted surfaces, leather and Alcantara® segments as well as carbon fiber trims, matching pipings, stitchings and perforations creates an endless variety of options to be at your service. Needless to say that your standard features such as multi function, paddle shifts or steering wheel heating are maintained.

Sportive carbon fiber refines the steering wheel but also interior trims, the center console, door handles and the seat backpanels (Sport Seats Plus). Exclusively available for the Porsche 718 Cayman: carbon fiber elements at the luggage compartment bar and the engine cover. A subtle highlight

indicating the driver’s individuality, visible through the 718 Cayman’s rear window.

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