Porsche 718 Boxster

Man walking to his Porsche 718 Boxter in the desert

Best Sports Car for the Money

When you think all starry-eyed about thrashing around tight corners and blasting down straightaways in a two-seater European sports car, you might imagine yourself behind the wheel of a sleek Porsche 911. But we're here to tell you that you can have every bit as much fun, certainly more fun for your hard-earned dollar, in the Porsche 718 Boxster. This convertible roadster with its peppy turbocharged engines and thrill-inducing handling pegs our fun meter past eleven!
The base model comes with a turbocharged four cylinder, but the optional flat-six offers the most white-knuckle exhilaration on track days. This is one of the best-driving sports cars on the market, and certainly the top dog for the money.

On the Road

The 718 is smaller and more nimble than the 911. While the 911 has evolved into more of a grand touring car, the compact Boxster retains the pure feeling of what makes a Porsche a true Porsche. Everything is at your fingertips in the cabin and falls to hand perfectly. For those who have the opportunity to drive the astounding GTS 4.0 model, the first thing you'll notice is the sweet engine sound coming straight from the revving motor behind you. Select Sport Mode and the exhaust note changes to a more guttural burble. It begs for you to unleash its unbridled power. "Let's go," it whispers, and how could you not? It revs like there is no tomorrow and offers pure performance… and it delivers.
For those who have driven the original 2016 718 Boxster with its 2.5-liter engine and wished for a bit more "grunt", the new 4-liter version gives you all the performance you could possibly wish for. In base trim, the 300-hp 718 will take you from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The S variant with its 350-hp will get you to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, and the all-out 394-hp GTS 4.0 will blast you to 60 in just 3.6 seconds.
Steering and suspension are both remarkably precise. The Boxster's completely retuned suspension enhances cornering performance. Adopted from the 911 Turbo, the electric steering system's ratio is ten percent more direct on center. This not only increases agility and precision but also maneuverability on challenging roads and tracks as well as in every-day traffic.
To further enhance precision and lateral stability in driving performance, Porsche modified many components of the rear suspension. A new cross member strengthens the rear subframe, improving lateral rigidity. Shock absorbers with larger pistons also improve wheel guidance due to their greater rigidity. Retuned hydraulic vibration dampers as well as higher sway bar and spring rates reduce pitch and roll to a minimum.