06 Aug Porsche 718 Boxster — Four’s A Party
A 5.1-second 0-62mph time says yes, but the boosty nature of the engine and bassy note coming out of the back makes that acceleration figure rather flattering.
That’s no bad thing, mind – the basic 718 still has 296bhp under its belt from the turbocharged flat-four. Mid-range torque is plentiful when you’re on the boost – enough to easily let the powered wheels slip in less-than-ideal conditions. Sport mode still has the traction control activated, but allows you a little sideways fun before reeling you back in again.
Go on then, let’s talk Boxster handling
Porsche has this department completely licked. The ride is supple at a cruise and while Sport mode does firm the suspension up, it’s not bone-shattering. Body control is kept to an impressive minimum and no matter where, how or when you’re driving, all of the controls feel positive espousing a detailed rapport with your hands and feet.
The steering has a gorgeous weighting to it and is pin-sharp, throttle response is accurate and the six-speed manual ‘box is a delight to use. The clutch and gear lever are both heavy, but that makes it so much more involving. This is a tactile sports car.
Our only niggles would be that the clutch pedal travel feels a smidge too long and we’d like stronger brakes. Whether or not we’d recommend speccing the five thousand poundcarbon ceramics is an entirely different story…
That engine note, though…
Yes… yes… ‘it’s not a flat-six wail’… blah blah. The cruellest among you will say it sounds like a sickly Beetle, but you have to remember that plenty of classic Porsches (914, anyone?) have been powered by flat-fours.
Plus, we quite like the noise. Granted it has none of the top-end charisma of the old six-banger, but it’s still got tonnes of character and, if nothing else, sounds unique in the sports car class.
Tell me about the entry-level Porsche 718 Boxster’s interior
You know that old saying: ‘If you drive a Boxster it’s because you couldn’t afford a 911’? From the driver’s seat that aged trope means nothing – the Boxster’s interior is almost exactly the same of that of its bigger, more powerful brother.
You’re welcomed by a large, thinly-rimmed steering wheel, analogue instruments, a high centre console and a cocooned driving position. Space is tight, but there are a few clever cubbies hidden in the door inlays and centre console.
The infotainment is a little last-gen; the screen looks small and low-res from your eyeline and you need agile wrists to reach around the gearlever, but it’s easy to use and still comes with a decent level of connectivity options.