2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible

#4
in Compact convertibles
2018 MODEL

$57,400 - $81,900

8.4

Overall Rating

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Overview

Formerly the entry-level model of Porsche's sports car lineup, the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is a mid-engine, rear-drive, two-seat convertible that uses the same underpinnings as a 718 Cayman. With the Cayman now taking the place of the Boxster as the 718 line's base model, the Boxster has now become more expensive.

There are two options for the 718 Boxster, the base variant, which retails for $57,400 and the more premium S version, available for $71,400. The Base variant has the smaller more efficient 2-liter unit with 300 horsepower under the hood. The Boxster S has the bigger and thirstier 2.5-liter engine with 350 horsepower.

Is the 718 a great option to consider when you are in the market for a near 60 grand sports car? Keep reading ahead to find out this and a lot more.

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Pros

Excellent handling

Powerful engines

Easy to manage in traffic

Cons

Rev-matching cant be disabled

Options are expensive

What's New?

Stitching color for the interiors.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$57400

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

177 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1950 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

97.4 in.

length

172.4 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

50.4 in.

curb weight

2944 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

9.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

13300 lbs.

payload capacity

704 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

400.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible in Lava Orange color  2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible in Jet Black Metallic color  2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible in Chalk White color  2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible in Carmine Red color  2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible in Black color
Lava Orange

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.1

Engine

8.6

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.9

Exterior

8.6

Driving

9.8

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible

2dr Convertible

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$57,400

Configurations
2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: H-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/28)
Torque: 280 lbs.-ft. @ 1,950 rpm

 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible S

S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$69,800

Configurations
S 2dr Convertible (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: H-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (20/22/26)
Torque: 309 lbs.-ft. @ 1,900 rpm

 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible GTS

GTS

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$81,900

Configurations
GTS 2dr Convertible (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Transmission: 6M Drivetrain: RWD
MPG: (19/21/25) Torque: 309 ft-lbs. @ 1900 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 4, 2018

8.4

Overall Rating


7.1/10
Features

 

8.6/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.9/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

There are two options for the 718 Boxster, the base variant, which retails for $57,400 and the more premium S version, available for $71,400. The Base variant has the smaller more efficient 2-liter unit with 300 horsepower under the hood. The Boxster S has the bigger and thirstier 2.5-liter engine with 350 horsepower.

Features

7.1/10

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster S comes in two trims, the base variant and the premium ‘S’ variant. The Base variant has a 2-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine with 300 horsepower on tap. The Boxster S comes with a larger 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine with 50 additional horsepower under the hood for nearly 12 thousand more dollars. Both engines are now turbocharged to meet the current emission norms.

Trims 718 Boxster 718 Boxster S
MSRP $57,400 $71,400
Features
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder (300 hp, 280 pound-feet of torque)
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Black brake calipers
  • Single central tailpipe.
  • Turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder (350 hp, 309 lb-ft of torque).
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Red brake calipers
  • Two centrally mounted exhaust tips

We Recommend 

Porsche builds the best sports cars in the business, and with that in mind, you can proceed to take your pick. The cheaper, less powerful base model is by no means a slouch, and actually can best most other sports cars on the track with its telepathic handling. If you wish to buy the Boxster on a budget, the base variant should do just fine. If you fancy the extra power, you can also go for the Boxster S, although that isn’t the sweetest deal in the market.

Engine

8.6/10

“The Boxster is a midengine car that comes standard with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Even with this engine, the Boxster feels powerful and quick. There’s also little turbo lag. The turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine on the Boxster S more energetic than the base turbo-four”- Cars.usnews.com

Engine and Transmission

The Boxster 718 is powered by two engines options for 2018 model. First is the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine which makes 300 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque. The other, more powerful engine is a 2.5-liter engine that churns out 350 horsepower, 309 pound-feet of torque. It is a very compact configuration and helps keep the center of gravity low.

Models Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
MSRP $59,000 $61,350 $63,850 $56,900
Engine 2.0L 4-Cyl Horizontally Opposed Alum Alloy 3.0L Biturbo V6 2.0L i4 Turbocharged 2.0L 4-Cyl Horizontally Opposed Alum Alloy
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual
Power 300 hp 362 hp 296 hp 300 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft 384 lb-ft 295 lb-ft 280 lb-ft

The power is delivered to the rear wheels via either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. PDK is Porsche’s in-house gearbox and is quick in the application. The manual is only as fast as the guy operating it, but the shifts are slick and smooth, lending a pure driving feel to the car.

Acceleration

The Boxster is a light small roadster, and the weight advantage helps it go from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (for the manual). The PDK is even faster, because of the lightning-fast gear changes, taking only 4.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. The quarter-mile run is completed in a very impressive 14.2 seconds.

Models Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
0-60 MPH 4.9 sec 4.6 sec 5.4 sec 4.9 sec
Quarter mile 14.2 sec 14.0 sec 14.1 sec  
Engine 2.0L 3.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.3 7.7 6.8 7.3

The competitors post similar time to the 718 Boxster both in terms of 0 to 60 mph and quarter-mile run. The SLC 43 roadster meanwhile uses its huge engine and overkill 9-speed automatic gearbox to post a time of 4.6 seconds and 14.0 seconds respectively. The F-type Jaguar is slower to reach 60 mph but then picks up the pace to finish the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds.

Ride and Handling

If you have any doubts about Porsche’s handling ability, then you are probably living under a rock. The German sports car manufacturer has perfected the handling over the years, and it shows.

The car is perfectly balanced 50:50 on the axles, front and rear. The steering wheel, which offers ample feedback, also comes with a sports setting, wherein you can change the way it feels via the electronics, in order to personalize your driving experience.

Braking

Braking on the 718 Boxster is handled by disc brakes on all corners, 13 inches in the front and 11.8 in the rear. Combined with a curb weight of merely 2900 pounds, the Boxster manages to come from 0 to a standstill in just 112 feet. The figures are not class leading, but considering how good all the other cars are, we can let this slide.

Model Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Brake Front(in) 13.0 14.2 14.0 13.0
Brake Rear(in) 11.8 13.0 12.8 11.8
Curb weight(lbs.) 2943 3541 3405 2944
60-0 MPH (ft.) 112 104 112 112

The AMG SLC 43 uses much larger 14.2-inch discs at the front and 13.0 inch at the rear to take care of the braking duties. This helps in bringing the car to a halt in a class-leading 104 feet. The F-type uses bigger brakes than the Porsche as well, although the stopping distance is the same.

Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Fuel Economy isn’t a sports car’s strong point, but Porsche has used clever engineering to make the Boxster an efficient mile muncher too. It can run for 21 miles in the city and 28 miles on the freeway on a single gallon of gasoline each. This brings the total efficiency figure to an environment-friendly 24 mpg.

Model Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
MPG (city) 21 20 23 21
MPG (highway) 28 29 30 28
MPG (combined) 24 23 26 24

The Cayman, quite understandably, posts the exact same figures as the Boxster. The Jaguar surprises by being the most fuel efficient in here, managing two additional miles per gallon over the Porsche 718 twins. The AMG SLC 43 is the thirstiest in the city owing to its heavier weight but is more efficient on the highway than the Boxster, owing to its higher cruising speed.

Interior

8.9/10

“The 2018 Porsche Boxster leaves little to complain about on the inside. The cabin is sleek, and there are soft-touch materials everywhere. The seats are roomy and supportive, and the two trunks provide a good amount of space as long as you don’t need to transport large items”- Cars.usnews.com

Seating and Comfort

The drawback to being a small, nimble, focused sports car is the reduced practicality. The Boxster seats only 2, and so does the Cayman. The exact figures for the interior space are not available, but taller riders will find their heads touching the roof every time they go over a bump.

Model Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Passenger capacity 2 2 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A 39.1/52.2/42.5 37.0/56.5/42.8 N/A

A Mercedes-Benz will always offer a generous amount of space in the cabin, and the SLC 43 is no exception. The driver and the other passenger sit in relative comfort in a leather-wrapped cocoon with enough legroom to fit a travel bag under there. The Jaguar, surprisingly, offers even better space inside, except for the headroom.

Infotainment

The Infotainment system on the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster offers an intuitive and decently sized touchscreen. Apple CarPlay is optional, but Android Auto is not available. Other Standard features include:

  • Radio w/Seek-Scan
  • CD player
  • Aux Audio Input Jack,
  • 11 Gb Internal Memory

Cargo Volume

The Porsche offers the best in class boot space, although it wins by being average amongst the poor. The Boxster swallows one large size bag and a grocery bag, and that’s about it. You can keep two more small bags in the space behind the seats, but even that space is limited.

Model Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Volume (ft. cube) 9.7 6.4 7.3 9.7

The Jaguar has very poor boot space, which is only capable of fitting two small bags at a time. The Mercedes does not have a boot, but rather a storage space that resembles a large glove compartment on the outside of the car.

Exterior

8.6/10

“The small shape isn’t jarring like it was 20 years ago. Its softer lines have been replaced by sharper lines in those two decades but there’s no hard feelings. Instead, the muscular look rises toward the rear end over the back wheels, and wrap up around a tidy tail”- The Car Connection

Dimensions and Weight

The reason for Porsche’s great handling and blazingly fast performance is its weight, which is even lower than 3,000 pounds. It weighs as much as a medium size sedan and has the dimensions of one too. The Ground clearance is a little over 4 inches, barely enough to save the underbelly from the larger speedbumps.

Model Porsche 718 Boxster Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
curb weight(lbs.) 2943 3541 3405 2944
Length(in) 172.4 163.1 176.5 172.4
Width(in) 70.9 71.5 75.7 70.9
Height(in) 50.9 51.3 51.3 50.9
Ground clearance(in) 4.3 3.5 4.0 4.3
Wheelbase(in) 97.4 95.7 103.2 97.4
Track width(in) F/R 59.6/60.3 61.0/61.7 62.9/64.9 59.6/60.3

The dimensions are the smallest in class, which lend the Porsche an agility which is hard to match. The wheelbase is only 97.4 inches, which reduces the turning radius as well, although the steering doesn’t go too far in any direction which is a huge advantage while parallel parking or backing out of a parking spot.

Exterior features

The 2018 Porsche Boxster has a lot of unique and distinguishable features on the exterior, like the following:

  • Daytime running LEDs
  • Huge air scoops up front
  • Aerodynamically balanced design
  • Folding soft-top

Safety

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster comes fitted with all modern-day safety equipment you could want in a car. The NHTSA and the IIHS have not yet rated the car for 2018, although there is no way Porsche would let anything stop it from getting anything but excellent in every count. The standard safety features include:

  • Driver Airbags Passenger Airbags
  • Front Head and Side Airbags
  • 4-Wheel ABS Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning

Competition

Porsche 718 Boxster vs Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

The heaviest and the most powerful car in this segment, the AMG powered SLC 43 is a car crafted for the business class gentleman. It has the typical Mercedes understated and classy feel to it, which suits perfectly for some people.

Sadly, the Mercedes is not the best sports car, even though it is the best quality car. It is a car that would much rather prefer arriving in style than arriving fast.

Porsche 718 Boxster vs Jaguar F-Type Convertible

The Jaguar F-type is a breath of fresh new air in this segment. With the cars now becoming more and more precise, with pinpoint accurate handling, the F-type breaks the tradition by focusing on fun. It is a blunt knife among sharp razors, although it doesn’t mean it is inferior in any way.

The Jaguar is a great handler, better than the Mercedes SLC 43, although it has the harshest ride of all modern cars. The ride is so harsh in fact, that riding for more than an hour will shatter your backbone.

Porsche 718 Boxster vs Porsche 718 Cayman

The 718 Cayman is the same as the 718 Boxster, offering the same engine with the same power and torque figures, same gearbox options, and even the same color options. The biggest difference is that the Cayman has a fixed roof, while the Boxster has a soft drop-top. It all boils down to your personal preference.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is the best sports car out there in the market, a bold statement, but one which is backed up by a lot of facts. The brilliant acceleration and mind-boggling handling are enough to crown it the king and the drop-top is just the icing on the cake. And this is even before we consider the price. At less than 60 thousand dollars, the Boxster is undoubtedly the best bargain.

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