The Porsche 911 may be the most iconic and recognizable Porsche model, but the Porsche 718 Boxster is to many Porsche purists the quintessential Porsche. That’s not a knock on the Porsche 911, but more of a testament to how incredible the new Porsche 718 Boxster is.
The Porsche 718 family breaks down into two models: the Boxster and the Cayman. The Boxster is the roadster of the lineup, a two-seat drop-top with a mid-engine layout that provides perfect driving dynamics, but also a surprising amount of cargo space for such a small vehicle.
With the engine positioned just behind the driver, there’s room for a luggage compartment where a normal trunk would be, but there’s also an additional spot up front. We will get to talking about performance in a second, but it’s certainly worth pointing out the 718 Boxster’s versatility. This is a car you can take on long weekends in the summer and never have to worry about where you’ll put your bags.
Fast, Very Fast or Super Fast: How Would You Like Your Porsche 718 Boxster?
The Porsche 718 Boxster made the switch to turbocharging in its last redesign and never looked back. You won’t find a six-cylinder engine in the Boxster anymore. Instead, drivers will enjoy the smooth and linear power delivery of a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
Turbocharged four-bangers have numerous advantages for 718 Boxster owners. They provide more low-end torque which is what you want in such a small, perfectly balanced car. They are also lighter and smaller which fits the 718 Boxster’s personality to a tee. Power is improved, and weight is lowered. That’s the perfect recipe for a truly unique driving experience.
The entry-level Porsche 718 Boxster gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque which can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Getting to 100 km/h requires only 5.1 seconds.
The Porsche 718 Boxster S replaces the 2.0-liter four-cylinder by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. The same gearbox options are available, but the added power gets the driver of a 718 Boxster S to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.
And then we have the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS. It also packs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo, but with 365 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. With a louder exhaust note, more dialed-in tuning and a range of differentiating esthetic features, the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS is the sportiest model in an already very sporty two-seat performance vehicle lineup.
Discover the Porsche 718 Boxster just in time for summer.
Date Posted: April 29, 2019