AutonetMagz – After we returns the 718 Boxster that we’ve borrow to Porsche Indonesia, suddenly an invitation came to us to try the new 718 Boxster once more, but not in Indonesia, as this time the chance come to us once more to drive a Porsche in Singapore roads.
This time, our journey starts from the beautiful W Hotel who located near the Sentos Cove within the lush environment of Sentosa island. As the car parked in front of the lobby, surely it’s a crowd attraction, as a lot of tourist take some photos of the stunning roadster.
After Karl, as our instructor handover the colored key who are painted exactly as the car colors, we straightly realized the car are quite compact, with less than 4.4 meter of length, the new 718 Boxster are really friendly for any new users, just asked our friend from The Jakarta Posts who got very addicted after driving one.
This compact dimensions along with the mid-positioned engine, make the car felt agile, and thanks to a steering system taken from the legendary 911 Turbo, the car now have 10% more direct steering compared than the previous version.
So let’s start the journey, after turning the engine On, Felix as the Product Planner of Porsche directly throw me a grin and said, “It is not a bad sound isn’t it?” as I’m instantly nodding him yes, and hearing the distinctive boxer engine growl who has been Porsche main characteristic for so long.
Our first journey is going to Marina Barrage, across the famous Marina Bay hotels for some photo shoots and interview, as I got the first chance to drive the car, the 718 Boxster like I said before, felt compact and easy to use, at one instant I try to push the car a little bit in a long hairpin, and quite amazed with its agility and directness, it felt like the car could read our mind to where we want to point the direction and respond instantly with an extraordinary balance of a mid-engine sports car.
After the photo shoot, its nearing the lunch time already, so we follow our photographer who direct us to the Nest Restaurant, located at the top Golf Course in Singapore, the Laguna Golf Course, which often held an International level golf tournament. Along the way to the restaurant, due to hot sunny noon weather, we decide to close the soft top roof, and surprise-surprise, as the soundproof level are very good, you barely heard the outside noise, and still able to hear the nice growl of the Boxer engine inside the cabin, which is far beyond my expectation, as I think a soft top roof wouldn’t able to reach those kind of soundproof level.
Arriving at the restaurant, Porsche team has prepared us a nice lunch set, and as the ambiance was fantastic where you could eat a good food while looking at the green International Golf Course, which is a lifestyle really suitable with the stylistic Porsche 718 Boxster.
When finished filling our stomach with a truly wonderful feast, it’s a good time for us to continue the journey by our self and rely only on the GPS. As the next journey, we decide to go to the Selater airport, and see what in there. Just FYI, the Nest restaurant where we eat, are located at the South East of Singapore, while the Selater Airport are more North of Singapore, so it is going to be a cross Singapore journey.
After missing some turns and take a long U turn, due to my fault, not the GPS fault, we finally arrived at the Selater airports area, where you could find a long road, and a private land strip across it, as the road are so smooth, we able to generate quite a speed for the new 718 Boxster, but again not too much, as we need to pay attention to the speed limit which is around 90 km/h in highway, and around 50 km/h in normal roads. While the car itself able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds thanks to its 350 hp and 400 Nm of torque out of its flat 4 engine with Chronosport package.
From the Seletar Airports, we decide to go to Lim Chu Kang Jetty, at the North West of Singapore. So again it’s a journey around Singapore. The roads are nice, and we did pass the industrial area at Kranji, which please don’t mistake it with Kranji, Bekasi, West Java, as it’s a way different.
Arriving at the Lim Chu Kang Jetty, as one of the last traditional port in Singapore, we could see Malaysia just across the Jetty and make us realize that this two country are really close each other. The roads around this area are fantastic, not in terms of the asphalt quality, as we found a lot of bad road, but in terms of the twist and curves surrounded by a lush greenery. In this area, we decide to open the soft top and driving the Porsche 718 Boxster with such a manner, so you could feel the sun, the breeze, and the boxer rumble, despite I think, the sound are a little bit different from the old 6 cylinder engine, as it lack of high notes punch in high Rpm.
From the Jetty, we decide to end our Journey at the Sentosa island, located at the South West of Singapore, which means that we manage to do a trip around Singapore in one day. When we reached the Sentosa island, we decide again to open the soft top, as the weather are more mild, the large trees and greens at Sentosa island creates a nice and cool weather, plus a smooth and less crowded road enables you to maximize a roadster, a cool breeze, windy but smooth roads to maintain your speed, and not to mention all those glaring eyes from the tourist bus passengers looking at us enjoying the car, it is an unforgettable experience indeed.
At the end of the driving session, come the hardest things to be done, which is returning the key to the instructor and leave the stunning roadster in the hotel lobby, which come to our conclusion for the new Porsche 718 Boxster.
The engineers of Porsche has done a great job, as the new Boxster are faster, more agile, more direct than before, not to mentioned the natural talent of a Mid-engine sports car and a wonderful soundproof from its soft top, create an unforgettable driving enjoyment . One little note maybe is the lack of high notes on high rpm of the new flat 4 cylinder engine which is quite disappointing. But again, I think the essence of a Roadster, is open the soft top, enjoy the sun and the breeze through a twisty hilly roads, which will creates a feeling of becoming one with the car are still embodied within the new Porsche 718 Boxster.