The 718 Boxster S gets the more powerful turbo of the two, with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) as well as a wastegate. VTG pre-conditions the turbo to eliminate lag. This setup is lifted straight from the 911 Turbo.
Torque numbers are up in both the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. The entry-level roadster gains a whopping 73 pound-feet, up to 280, while the S gets a more modest increase of 44 pound-feet, up to 310.
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster is so named for the 718 Spyder that Porsche campaigned in the late 1950s. The original had a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 142 horsepower and finished on the podium numerous times.