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Compass A u to BOXSTER REBORN It’s been almost 20 years since Porsche revolutionized the mid-engine sportscar. They’ve done it again to such an extent it was issued a new model number: 718. TEXT BY BILL LINDSEY We all know Porsche’s Big Dog is the 911. So when the Boxster was introduced in 1999, it was seen more as — dare we say it? — “a chick car.” In reality, the Boxster delivers huge performance and near-perfect, mid-engine handling. And it just got a whole lot better; the new 718 is a seriously high-performance, world-class, take-no-prisoners roadster. As you’d expect, from the suspension up, the 718 is all-new, but in a move that only Porsche could pull off, the engine got smaller. “Huh? ” you say, “It went from a flat-6 to a flat- 4? Are they nuts? ” Not so much. Motivated by an intercooled turbocharger, the 718 now cranks out a bellowing 300 hp (that’s 911 territory). Want more? Check the option box for the 350 hp engine and plan on making a lot of Corvette owners cry. Check the box for ceramic brakes, too, if you go with the Vette-killer engine; Porsche.com. 30