Ever-stringent government fuel economy and CO2 emissions standards forced Porsche to downsize and turbocharge its entire range of engines. This meant that the marketing department leaned on the flat-four heritage of the 550 Spyder and 718 race cars, dubbing the internally-designated 982 Boxster and Cayman models as the 718.
The 718 Boxster was introduced in January 2016, and premiered at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The 718 featured two new horizontally-opposed flat-4 turbocharged engines at 2.0-litre (Boxster/Cayman) and 2.5-litre (Boxster S/Cayman S) displacement with increased torque and horsepower with lower fuel consumption. The S model turbocharger utilizes Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) technology. The 718 T models were released for the 2020 model year as more sport-oriented versions of the base 718 models. Later in October 2017, the GTS models were announced with their 2.5-litre engines rated at 360 hp. Since 2020, the GTS 4.0 model has been offered for both 718 models. The new model features the 4.0-litre flat-6 from the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder, however de-tuned to 394 hp.
The Boxster and Cayman get more upgrades and make the strong argument that the 911 is no longer the best sports car in the world. The Porsche 982 is the internal designation of the fourth generation Boxster (and third generation Cayman). The big news with the 718 is the switch to a new turbocharged flat-four engine and Porsche moving away from the naturally aspirated flat-6.
To celebrate 25 years of the Boxster, Porsche announced a limited edition 718 Boxster 25 for the 2022 model year. Restricted to 1,250 units worldwide, the car is based on the GTS 4.0 model which makes it a very interesting proposition for the collector looking for something fun to drive too.