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Porsche 718 Boxster

They made a brave move with the Porsche 718 Boxster. Porsche wanted to clearly define a difference between the Boxster and Cayman models below the iconic 911. Over the years the mid-engined Boxster has eaten away at the 911’s lead to a point where it was getting hard to justify the higher price of a 911 Carrera. In addition emissions regulators were putting pressure on car makers to keep their average CO2 outputs low. As a result, the turbo-charged 4-cylinder 718 Boxster was born and the 6-cylinder engine was removed from the range. This raised initial concerns that the Boxster would lose some of its performance and character.

Luckily the flat-4 engine isn’t as disappointing as you might imagine. There is plenty of power available and the torque from the turbo comes in at low speeds making it flexible and easy to drive. It still likes to scream up to its 7600 rpm limit though and even the sound is deep and satisfyingly growly. It isn’t quite as inspiring as the final evolution of the flat-6 but the Boxster will live on without the old lump. Fuel economy is improved on paper but as with most turbo’s this doesn’t translate to enthusiastic or even everyday driving.

Engine aside, the Porsche 718 Boxster makes yet another incremental improvement in handling. The Boxster has long been the benchmark roadster for its poise, delicacy and control. A stiffened chassis provides even more grip yet somehow gives a supple ride over rough road surfaces. Luggage space is good and the build quality magnificent.

Round a track, the Boxster is faster and more capable than ever before but some of the personality has been lost. It remains, however, the roadster to beat and a very entertaining sports car.

Porsche 718 Boxster Details

Production Dates2016-current
Length 4379 mm / 172 in
Width 1801 mm / 71 in
Height 1281 mm / 50 in
Wheelbase 2475 mm / 97 in
Turning Circle 11 m / 433 in
Luggage Capacity 275 litres / 9.71 cu ft
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 litres / 14.3 US gal
Warranty 3 years or Unlimited miles

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Porsche 718 Boxster

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Flat 4
Engine Capacity 1988 cc
Power 300@6500 ps
Torque 380@1950 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual / 7-spd PDK
Kerb Weight 1410 kg / 3109 lb
UK Retail Price from £44,758

Performance

Max speed (manual) 170 mph / 274 kph
Max speed (auto) 170 mph / 274 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 5.1 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 4.9 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 38.2 mpg / 7.4 L/100km
EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 40.9 mpg / 6.9 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 168 g/km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 158 g/km

Porsche 718 Boxster S

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Flat 4
Engine Capacity 2497 cc
Power 350@6500 ps
Torque 420@1900 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual / 7-spd PDK
Kerb Weight 1430 kg / 3153 lb
UK Retail Price from £53,714

Performance

Max speed (manual) 177 mph / 285 kph
Max speed (auto) 177 mph / 285 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 4.6 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 4.4 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 34.9 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 38.7 mpg / 7.3 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 184 g/km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 167 g/km

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Flat 4
Engine Capacity 2497 cc
Power 365@6500 ps
Torque 420@1900 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual / 7-spd PDK
Kerb Weight 1450 kg / 3196.7 lb
UK Retail Price from £61,727

Performance

Max speed (manual) 180 mph / 290 kph
Max speed (auto) 180 mph / 290 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 4.6 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 4.3 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 31.4 mpg / 9 L/100km
EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 34.4 mpg / 8.2 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 205 g/km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 186 g/km
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