Possessing an ever-expanding line-up, sports car company Porsche boasts a sizable vehicle portfolio for 2016. Along with the German brand’s trademark 911 sports car, two…
The 718 moniker will premiere in the Porsche production car line-up for 2016 but the numbering is already steep in motoring history. In the late 1950s, a race car identified as the Porsche 718 proved to be a formidable sports car that was also converted into a single-seat open wheel vehicle. Winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960 with Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien at the wheel, the competition-prepared Porsche 718 sports car boasted a 1958 class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Italy’s Targa Florio also won on a multitude of occasions with the purpose-built sports car. Variants of the first-iteration 718 also demonstrated themselves as European Hill Climb Championship ringers clinching it on four consecutive occasions.
The new 718 branding formally links the Boxster and Cayman on a matching platform. Introduced for the 2005 model year, the Cayman served as a hardtop version of the already existing Boxster open-top roadster. Porsche pledges the 2016 model year 718 name adaptation will result in a closer adherence of design and technical similarities between the coupe and convertible. One item the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will share will be power from turbocharged flat-four, boxer-style engines. Porsche indicates the new 718 line-up will be introduced over the course of the new year. Check out our collection of custom Porsches HERE.
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