2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Review

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2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Overview

The Porsche Boxster has been around since the 1990s, but the little 2-seater went into its fourth generation in 2017 with many changes. For 2019, Porsche marketed the Boxster as the “718 Boxster” as a nod to the 718 RSK racing cars of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Other updates for 2019 include new standard features, like a sport-exhaust system and Porsche’s Car Connect infotainment system. The Boxster GTS, introduced last year, returns for 2019.

Trims include the base Boxster, the mid-range Boxster S, and the Boxster GTS. The base Boxster makes 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the Boxster S bumps things up to 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. The range-topping GTS trim, meanwhile, makes a whopping 365 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque.

Each Boxster moves quickly: The base trim hits 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, the Boxster S does it in 4.4 seconds, and the Boxster GTS does it in less than 4 seconds when it comes equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. The Boxster also gets decent fuel economy. A base Boxster with the standard 6-speed manual returns 21 mpg city, 28 highway, and 24 combined, while the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, called a PDK, gets 1 mpg more in each category. The Boxster S manages 20, 26, and 22 with a 6-speed and gets 21, 28, and 24 with the dual-clutch automatic. Finally, the Boxster GTS gets 20, 26, 22 with the automatic and 19, 25, and 21 with the manual.

The base trim features a power-folding soft top, well-bolstered seats, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and high-quality fit and finish. Options include Apple CarPlay, navigation, a better Burmester stereo, wood or carbon-fiber trim for the dashboard, and several different seat types and upholsteries. The S trim comes with 19-inch wheels and drivers can opt for a lower ride height and torque vectoring. The GTS features the Sport Chrono package along with 20-inch wheels and a slightly lower ride height.

The Boxster hasn’t been crash tested, and it comes with few standard safety features, including a reversing camera.

The Boxster is an ideal weekend sports car. Properly equipped, it can also be a capable track-day toy. It competes with equally fun 2-seaters like the BMW Z4.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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