PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER
Can’t wait for Porsche to launch GT4 and Spyder versions of its new Cayman and Boxster? Fear not, as TechArt’s got your back.
Now, TechArt is not a tuning company known for subtle, smooth modifications of Porsche products. We point you to this Cayenne.
But its first take on the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster is actually quite tasteful, at least to our eyes. And we’d argue this pair doesn’t look far off how GT4 and Spyder versions of Porsche’s latest mid-engined cars might appear, if and when they arrive.
Betwixt seats and spoiler is not a howling six-cylinder like GT4s and Spyders of old, though, but the new four-cylinder turbo engine that’s been attracting so much flak in the standard 718 models.
TechArt has had its spanners out, mind. So the 2.5-litre flat-four gains a powerkit, which takes its peak outputs to 395bhp and 354lb ft, respective climbs of 50bhp and 44lb ft over a standard Porsche 718 S. That means a generous 0.7sec slicing from the 0-62mph time, to a claimed 3.9sec, and a higher 184mph top speed.
Ensuring the bark matches the bite is a new titanium exhaust system, with carbon tips. Alongside an assertive aerokit, 30mm ride height drop and new 21in alloy wheels, it all adds up to a pair of cars that are significantly punchier to look at than standard.
Inside, the garish, Stabilo highlighter flourishes of these show cars might be a tad extreme for some. But the beauty of tuners like this is that you can hone the car’s design to your own tastes. Get some smaller wheels and keep the colour scheme one-dimensional and we’re on board with these tuned 718s.
What are your thoughts?