2017 718 Boxster Launch Event
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Friday, July 29, 2016
2017 Porsche 718 “Ride & Drive Event” by Porsche Huntsville
Porsche of Huntsville continues to take it to the next level. A couple of weeks ago the dealership invited local Porsche enthusiasts to be the first to see the 2017 Porsche 718, German engineering at its best. Porsche of Huntsville routinely have special “First Look” or “Unveiling” events to show off the latest vehicles, however, this time it was an event to let customers ride and even drive the newest offering from Porsche. The guest were also treated to food and drink at this outdoor event BBQ style, with burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and all the fixings.
Not to miss this first time event, on hand to greet the guests was General Manager George Jones (Century Automotive Group). He welcomed everyone and encouraged them to get behind the wheels and take a ride to experience the cars first hand.
The TAC (Twickingham Auto Club) of Huntsville helped setup a mini auto-cross track for the participants and drivers to fully experience the power and speed of these new cars from Porsche. Seeing them in the showroom or reading about them on the internet will never beat seat time. Most all of the 60 plus guest took advantage of this special offer to drive the just released 718 from Porsche.
On everyone’s mind was the change in the engine bay, would the turbocharged 2.5 liter flat-four measure up to its predecessors 3.4 liter naturally aspirated flat-six? After seeing the smiles on the participant’s faces after each ride, I’d say the turbocharged replacement did measure up just fine. Then based on the reactions from enthusiasts who drove the Boxster S, it’s a safe bet that the little 2.5 did the trick. Turbo lag in the new 718 is overcome by the new (VTG) variable turbine geometry technology allowing the turbo to run up to 14.5 psi of boost! Several drivers commented on the “lively” feel of the Boxster and loved the quickness in the turns of the road course.
Randy Carter (Porsche Huntsville Service Manger) served as the driver for most of the event for those who only wanted a spirited ride, however, most everyone was also easy to persuade into driving the Boxster S on hand.
Let’s look at the stats:
2017 718 Boxster S:
Engine– Turbocharged 2.5 liter (DOHC 16 Valve)
Horsepower – 350 HP
Torque – 309 lb. ft.
Transmission – 6-speed Manual or PDK (7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode)
Top Speed – 177 mph
Zero to 60 mph – 4.4 sec.
Price – MSRP from $56,000 on the base 718 Boxster ($68,400 on the 718 Boxster S)
I will be the first to say this event was a “Massive Success” for Porsche of Huntsville and guest who enjoyed the Ride& Drive activities and will want to do it again soon… maybe in a newly purchased Porsche of their own.
Porsche of Huntsville always provides Award winning sales experience, optimal customer service and offer the best showroom experience in the Southeast. Drop by today and see one of the sales associates and let them show you why Porsche says do it “For the sport of it”. What’s next? You need to stay tuned for exciting news on the 718 Cayman!