The iconic 911 from Porsche has been a figurehead of the German car brand for decades. But the rear-engine sports car is not the only coupe that Porsche offers. Since its debut in 1996, the Boxster has been a more affordable and mid-engined roadster alternative to the 911. A lower price doesn’t mean lower quality; The Boxster is one of the top rated sports cars on the market. Since the 2017 model year, the Boxster has been renamed the Porsche 718 Boxster. The 718 Boxster remains a mid-engine roadster capable of offering essentially the same handling and performance as the 911. Here’s what you can expect from a fully loaded 2022 Porsche 718 Boxster:
2022 Porsche 718 Boxster specifications
The 718 Boxster is the convertible variant of the two-seat 718 models. The hardtop option is the 718 Cayman.
The 718 Boxster is available in six trim levels: Basis, T, S, GTS 4.0, 25 Years and Spyder. The most expensive trim – the 718 Boxster 25 Years – has a flat-six engine with 394 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. That’s the same engine as in the GTS 4.0 and Spyder, with the latter tuned to 414 hp.
The Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years is offered with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The flat-six gets 19 mpg combined (17 city, 23 highway). The sports suspension is 20 millimeters lower than the base model and has 20-inch wheels.
This setup with the powerful engine provides thrills behind the wheel. MotorTrend says the throttle, brakes and steering are responsive. Reviewers say the Porsche 718 Boxster is a “superbly balanced driving machine with enough power to put a smile on most drivers’ faces.”
Car and Driver reviewers agree, saying “the handling and steering abilities evoke deep affection.” Cornering is balanced and stable with the mid-engine layout and responsive response to driver inputs.
The flat six is powerful and not afraid to tell you. MotorTrend points out that the sound of the engine can become tiring on longer drives, as can the noise from the road.
What features are included in the 718 Boxster?
All Porsche 718 Boxster models come with interior amenities such as heated seats, partial leather upholstery, a 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a leather steering wheel. Climbing onto the 718 Boxster 25 Years is even more comfortable inside with electrically adjustable full leather sports seats.
In terms of performance, the Boxster 25 Years inherits the same upgrades from the GTS 4.0 trim. There are 20-inch wheels, active suspension, a limited-slip differential, and torque vectoring. Driving aids include brake assist, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, traction and stability control, and an optional blind spot system.
How much does a fully upgraded Porsche 718 Boxster cost?
There are many optional extras that you can get with the Porsche 718 Boxster. The premium package upgrades the audio system to a Bose surround sound system and adds a luggage net in the passenger footwell. Leather sun visors, ventilated seats, a smartphone compartment, aluminum pedals and footrests as well as a leather center console and climate control panel can also enhance the interior.
Sports suspension, power steering plus and adaptive cruise control can also spice up the driving experience.
All of this can push the Porsche 718 Boxster much higher than the base model’s $62,600 MSRP. The cost with all optional upgrades is almost $130,000. That’s thousands of dollars more than a new 911 model. Neither Car and Driver nor MotorTrend recommend the high-end trim levels, opting instead for lower-spec models that are more worth the money.
Which 718 Boxster model is the best?
Car and driver recommend the Porsche 718 Boxster S trim. It is not much more than the base model and offers you a larger turbocharged engine. The site’s reviewers ranked the 718 Boxster third among the best sports cars, giving it a 10Best award.
MotorTrend recommends the T-trim instead. It retains the same 2.0-litre engine as the base model but gains a few additional performance features, including sport suspension and a limited-slip differential. The Porsche 718 Boxster ranks third in MotorTrend’s ranking of the best premium performance convertibles of 2022, behind only the 911.
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