The new 718 Boxster and Boxster S are not just worthy of the Porsche badge, I’d venture as far as to say these are the best Boxsters model yet. They deliver outstanding performance and more impressive engineering than really should be available starting at $56,000, and the 718 Boxster S from $68,400, excluding the $1,050 destination charge.
The entry-level models get a 2.0-litre, while the S tested here has a larger 2.5-litre capacity. Both are turbocharged, and in the S model you get the same variable vane geometry turbine tech used on the 911 Turbo S. As a result power is up from 315bhp to 345bhp, while the torque swells by 60Nm to a thumping 420Nm. Crucially, this peaks at 1,900rpm, so the latest Boxster S is no slouch.
The seven-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox is optional, as is the Sport Chrono Package. Equipped with PDK and Sport Chrono, the new 718 Boxster S can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. Specifying Sport Chrono gives you the mode selector on the steering wheel, enabling you to tune engine, chassis parameters and gearbox via a Ferrari-style control on the steering wheel.
The new car only shares the windshield, power operated cloth roof, and rear decklid with the old Boxster. Every other body panel is new, the side scoops are now larger to accommodate directional inserts which shoot fresh air into either the engine intake or the air-to-water intercooler mounted on top of the engine.
At a glance, the new 718 Boxster’s dash looks very similar to that of the more expensive Porsche 911. That is no bad thing, because it means that the dials are clear and the touchscreen system – which comes complete with smartphone connectivity like Apple Carplay – works well. Plus quality overall is of a very high standard.