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Porsche 718 Boxster

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Summary


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. A new GTS model with a 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine has addressed those misgivings, although that’s only available on top-level cars.

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door convertible
Engine: petrol
Price: From £47,090 on-road

Launched: Spring 2016
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


No safety rating

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


No eco rating

The Porsche 718 Boxster has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, relatively few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic before resuming later in the year.

Given that the Boxster is a high-performance, petrol-engined sports car that prioritises performance over economy, it’s unlikely to win any environmental awards…

Awards


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

2017

  • World Car Awards – World Performance Car

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