What’s the Difference Between the 2016 Porsche Boxster and the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster?

January 20th, 2017 by

What the difference between the 2016 Porsche Boxster and the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster? It’s a question that many shoppers are asking, and our Riverside Porsche dealership has the answer. The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster quite obviously represents a change from the 2016 Porsche Boxster, but there’s more to the 718 Boxster than just a name change. Though it’s similar in design to previous models, almost everything has been altered cosmetically.

2016 Porsche Boxster


The inclusion of “718” in the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, available at our Riverside dealer, pays homage to a Porsche race car from the late 1950s. The exterior of the all-new 2017 718 Boxster features a sharp crease on the front fenders and a lower air dam that’s a little boxier. The exterior mirrors are new, and the door handles are more streamlined. The engine’s air intakes have been enlarged and reshaped to handle the extra cooling that the new turbo engine requires. And around back, the taillights now consist of multiple LED elements in a darkened, reshaped housing.

2016 Porsche Boxster & 2017 718 Boxster Offer Distinctive Features

Inside the 2017 718 Boxster, shoppers will find a few things that differ from the 2016 Boxster model. It features the all-new Porsche Communication Management touchscreen, located in the redesigned and reshaped dashboard. Every 718 model comes standard with this seven-inch touchscreen interface, which is less susceptible to glare and can now be controlled with smartphone-style swiping and pinching gestures. The steering wheel selection is also new, and features a common design that’s been inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

Underneath the hood is where the biggest changes are present. Though the 2016 Boxster offered a choice of two horizontally-opposed flat 6-cylinder engines, the 718 Boxster offers the choice between a 2.0L flat 4-cylinder engine and a 2.5L flat 4-cylinder engine. Apart from the engines, changes were also made to the suspension—specifically, the available adaptive suspension. The standard and Sport settings have been moved further apart on the firmness spectrum, resulting in a ride with maximized comfort and handling.

Come experience the differences between the 2016 Boxster and 2017 718 Boxster for yourself at our dealership. For more information about the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, contact Porsche Riverside.

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