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Here comes the Porsche Boxster

Porsche unveiled its latest generation of its mid-engine roadsters, the 718 Boxster.

Last evening, Porsche launched the latest generation of its mid-engine roadsters, the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, to 450 esteemed guests in Singapore.

Named after the automaker's iconic racing legend, the 718 race car, the new model range comes with the newly developed turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine that delivers 300bhp in the Boxster's two-litres, while the S version generates 350bhp from 2.5 litres. Torque-wise, the base 718 model has a maximum of 380Nm at 1,950rpm to 4,500rpm, which is 100Nm more than before. The S itself attains 60Nm more to hit 420Nm. As such, this equips the range with even more speed, with the Boxster itself completing the century sprint 4.7 seconds, 0.8 seconds faster than its predecessor. And for top speed, the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S now reaches 275km/h and 285km/h respectively.

The cars also come with the option of being fitted with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which lowers ride height by 10mm, keeping you closer to the ground and lowering the overall centre of gravity so better driving control.

With its design, the roadsters come with a broader, more masculine front for a better sense of dynamism and power. The front end is rounded out by new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights (LED lights with four-point daytime running lights are optional). Its side profile boasts large wheel arches and doors designed for better aerodynamics, while its larger air inlet panels with fins emphasises its sporty look. The doors now come without door handle recess covers while the fabric roof, a quintessential Boxster characteristic, can now be opened and closed in a mere nine seconds up to a speed of 50km/h.

"The Porsche 718 Boxster not only looks stunning, its new four-cylinder turbo charged boxer engine is extremely responsive, sounds right and provides the performance you need to enjoy the drive," says Dr Henrik Dreier, Singapore's general manager of Porsche Asia Pacific.

Held at Infinite Studios, the space was decked out in a 1960s theme, complete with a Volkswagen Kombi van, a shoe shine station and a life-sized cardboard cutout of Porsche's historic race car, the 718. And of course, retro music from the era.

“The 718 badge carries with it deep racing roots and rich motoring heritage. The new 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S are well-poised to carry on its impressive legacy. Open, carefree and adventurous, they are lighter and can go further faster and more efficiently, thanks to intelligent use of the right materials. They don’t excel and belong only on the track, but also on everyday city roads as well,” says Karsono Kwee, executive chairman of Eurokars Group.

Here's what happened at the Porsche 718 Boxster launch in Singapore.