The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is a convertible sports car in the classic taste, which means it focuses on nimble handling and driver’s enjoyment. Much of its appeal comes from its mid-engine configuration, which means the engine is between the seat and the rear wheels. This gives the Boxster 718 a handling balance favored by car enthusiasts.
Like last year, the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster still uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This new engine outperformed its six-cylinder predecessors in terms of power and efficiency. Disappointment is just the way they sound, it does not give the high-revving excitement like the old flat-sixes.
As a Porsche, the 2018 718 Boxster can also be equipped with various options for customization. Some improve car performance while others are just for appearance. But that is the core quality, with lofty steering and handling, plus the jovial nature of a two-seat roadster, it will keep you captivated for life.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is a rear-wheel-drive, two-seat soft-top convertible sports car available in three trim level: base, S and the new GTS.
Standard features for the base 718 Boxster include high-performance summer tires, 18-inch wheels, black brake calipers, LED running lights, bi-xenon headlights, single central tailpipe, front and rear parking sensors, a power-folding soft top, a wind deflector, an automatically deploying rear spoiler, hill-hold brake functions, water-repellent side windows power and heated side mirrors.
Inside, you’ll also get a universal garage door opener, a rearview camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, sport seats, partial leather upholstery, six-way-adjustable seats with electric backrest adjustments, a touchscreen display, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with two USB ports, auxiliary input, satellite and HD radio.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster S is visually differentiated from the base model by 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers and two centrally mounted exhaust tips. The new GTS trim gets a tuned version of the 2.5-liter engine, a black tipped Sports Exhaust, a black rear fascia, tinted taillights and turn signals.
All trims also eligible to access Porsche extensive options list, providing numerous opportunities for owners to personalize their car.
Optional performance option includes a louder exhaust, an adaptive suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, Porsche PDK seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, and a mechanical rear differential with a brake-actuated torque vectoring system.
The Sport Chrono package adds a less intrusive stability control setting, a drive mode selection dial on the steering wheel and a stopwatch to the top of the center console. Its also includes launch control when optioned with the PDK transmission. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adds a lower sport-tuned suspension and electronically controlled dampers with distinct Normal and Sport modes.
Interior options include keyless ignition and entry, heated and ventilated seats, 14 and 18-way power-adjustable sport seats with memory functions, upgraded leather upholstery, Porsche Connect (Apple CarPlay and a variety of emergency services), Connect Plus (adds a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot), a 10-speaker Bose system and a 12-speaker Burmester system. Safety options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, turn-adapting headlights, forward collision warning and mitigation.
Other option also available to customize the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster exterior and interior, from wheel style, the color of the soft-top and completely custom body paint. The interior offers multiple leather and stitching styles, and trims are available in aluminum, wood and simulated suede.
For most drivers, the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster base will exceed their expectations. The Boxster S is certainly very appealing, but the premium price for an extra 50 horsepower could be a deal breaker.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that produce 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Its a 35-hp and 74 lb-ft improvement over the base six-cylinder from the previous generation. Porsche claims it accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, which is 0.7 second quicker than the old model. Top speed at 170 mph.
A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK) is available as an option.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster S get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine develops 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. A 35 hp and 43 lb-ft over the old Boxster S. According to Porsche, it will reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and 3.6 seconds if you choose the PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono package. Top speed at 177 mph.
The new 718 Boxster GTS uses a tuned version of the 2.5-liter engine that producing 365 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Porsche says the GTS only need 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph when equipped with the PDK and 4.4 seconds with the manual.
The EPA estimates fuel economy for the 718 Boxer at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with the manual and 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) for the PDK. The 718 Boxer S stand at 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway) for the manual and 24 mpg combined (21/28) for the PDK.
Inside, the 2018 Porsche Boxster 718 interior is a subtle change from the old model and still borrows much from its elder brother, the 911 Carrera. It’s an elegant and simple design in the best German tradition, and beautifully crafted. It’s hard to argue that the quality of the materials and build does not match the Boxster affordable price tag. Among its competitors, only the Audi TT Roadster can match Porsche’s aesthetics and appeal.
There is enough room for a driver over 6-feet, something not found in old Boxsters, and a driving position would be ideal for anyone. There is a good view forward, but the design of the fabric roof comprises over-the-shoulder visibility. The roof itself, very easy to operate, up or down in 10 seconds less with a button at speeds up to 31 mph.
The main change in the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster interior compared to the old model is its 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It manages all functions from phone to suspension and can be upgraded with different modules, including Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation.
The interior storage space is adequate, with a pocket on the door, a center console, and a decent sized glovebox. The Boxster Cupholder, which pivots and unfold from the dashboard becomes a work of art that adds to the feeling that you are in something special. For a roadster, the luggage space is impressive, with a deep 5.3 cubic foot trunk in front and a 4.4-foot cubic on the back. Together they offer a lot of versatility.
Release Date and Price
Official price for the 718 Boxster base trim starts at $58,450 (including $1,050 in destination). The Boxster S trim carries a price-tag of $70,850 and the new GTS starting at $84,000.