The Porsche 718 may have faded into memory for the general public, but for fans of racing — and especially the subset who are fanatical about Porsche racing — the 718 is a legend. Produced from 1957 to 1962, it employed a spaceframe chassis, with different design and engine variants deployed depending on the class of race in which it was entered. The 718 would be driven to victory at the Targa Florio, the European Hill Climb Championship and 12 Hours of Sebring, as well as class wins at Le Mans. And now the Porsche 718 is lending its name — and some of its luster — to two mainstays of the Porsche lineup.
The nameplate will appear on the Cayman and Boxster, but that isn’t the only change in the works. Both cars will be trading their 6-cylinder engines for direct injected turbocharged flat fours. The other significant change is one of pricing; Porsche was practically alone in having a hardtop that was more expensive than its convertible equivalent, but with the introduction of the 718 the Boxster will be the more expensive of the two cars.
As is often the case, we’re still waiting for specifics. So far Porsche is staying tight-lipped about engine specs and performance data, though it’s assumed that the lighter weight should result in plenty of speed and a sprightly time off the line. At this point, we can only estimate that the cars will begin to appear late in 2016 as the 2017 models make their way to the showroom at Porsche of Nashua. We would assume that both cars will be previewed ahead of their production roll-out at one of the auto shows in early 2016.
The 718 will help Porsche hit emissions targets, but the redesigned engine ought not to sacrifice speed or agility. If you’d prefer a naturally-aspirated six cylinder, this would be a good time to get your hands on one. Visit Porsche of Nashua today and we’ll be happy to put you behind the wheel of a 2016 Porsche Cayman or a 2016 Porsche Boxster.