German carmaker Porsche has launched the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman in India, priced at Rs 85.53 lakh and Rs 81.63 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) respectively.
The ‘718' prefix dates back to the 718 race car from 1957, which first appeared on the Boxster when introduced last year, now followed by the Cayman as part of the mid-life facelift.
Design changes on both cars are similar, which include new front and rear bumpers, revised side air intakes for better cooling, tail lamps, along with a new exhaust system that features a centrally-located trapezoidal exhaust.
Both cars, the Boxster and the Cayman now receive a smaller displacement, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has replaced the naturally aspirated six-cylinder units. Both cars now receive a 2.0-litre engine.
In terms of performance, both cars now produce more power than their predecessors. The engine is shared by both cars, and in the entry-level trim, the cars produce 300bhp mated to a 7-speed automatic PDK gearbox.
The more powerful Cayman S and the Boxster S will not be making their way to the Indian market, and Porsche claims that both cars, in their entry-level trims can accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 275km/h.
According to Porsche, both cars now have revised steering as well, which is more direct compared to the outgoing models. The cars also come with optional Active Suspension Management (PASM).