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Porsche 718 Boxster

(2016 - present)

The Porsche 718 Boxster is a two-seat roadster, with a sister coupé model called the 718 Cayman. Porsche refers to the current car as the fourth generation of the Boxster, but it’s really more like a mid-life update for the third-generation model.

The 718 numbering is a new addition to the current model and is drawn from an obscure racing Porsche from the 1960s that very few Boxster drivers will have ever heard of. It is part of Porsche’s (so far largely unsuccessful) attempts to garner enthusiasm for its decision to downsize the Boxster’s engine from six cylinders to four.

The Porsche 718 Boxster range, which now includes a higher-performance Spyder model, has received very positive reviews from the UK motoring media. As with previous generations of Boxster, it has been praised for its driving dynamics compared to other open-top sports cars at any price point. The main criticism has been almost universal condemnation of the new four-cylinder engines that have replaced the six-cylinder units in previous models. However, a new GTS model with a 4.0-litre six-cylinder aims to address some of these misgivings.

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Body style: Two-door convertible
Engine: petrol
Price: From £46,651 on-road

Launched: Spring 2016
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The Porsche 718 Boxster has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP, and we’re not expecting it to happen anytime soon. If it does, we’ll include the results here.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Porsche 718 Boxster has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Porsche 718 Boxster has received

2017

  • World Car Awards – World Performance Car

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