2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs
First, a little history.
The original Porsche 718 was an open cockpit racing car built between 1957 and 1962. The 1.5 litre quad-cam powered sportscar made its debut at the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Over its short lifespan it would notch class victories at Le Mans and overall victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio — and race competitively on the Formula 1 circuit in 1961 before being replaced in 1962 by the Porsche 804.
Light, powerful, open cockpit sportscars.
The new Porsche 718 Boxster is the continuation of that racing heritage.
|Specifications||2019 718 Boxster||2019 718 Boxster S||2019 Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible||2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
|Engine||2.0L Turbocharged 4-cyl||2.5L Turbocharged 4-cyl||3.0L V6||6.2L V8|
|Weight||2,944 lbs||2,988 lbs||3,499 lbs||3,362 lbs|
|Horsepower||300 HP||350 HP||340 HP||455 HP|
|Torque||280 lb-ft||309 lb-ft||332 lb-ft||460 lb-ft|
|0-60 Time||4.9 Seconds||4.4 Seconds||5.5 Seconds||4.0 Seconds
|Top Speed||170 MPH||177 MPH||161 MPH||186 MPH|
Porsche. There is no substitute.
The 718 Boxster starts at a base price of $59,000, and the Corvette starts as low as $65,400 — but acknowledging that nobody wants a stripped-down car for $60,000 — we optioned the 718 Boxster’s with a Premium Package consisting of 14-way power seats with memory and heat function, automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor, two-zone climate control and Bi-Xenon Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System. We also added some necessary center-stack options like Navigation, an upgraded BOSE audio system, and Connect Plus — which adds a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay — complete with Google Earth Navigation, real-time traffic info, and access to your phone’s apps.
To have comparable equipment amongst all the competitors, the Corvette Stingray gets the 2LT Package and the F-Type is optioned with the Climate Package 1 and upgraded to an advanced audio system. That puts all the cars on even footing with power leather seats, heated seats with memory function, upgraded audio systems, navigation and Wi-Fi connection. Lastly, because it just wouldn’t be ‘driving’ unless we’re shifting gears, we’re forgoing the sophisticated (and speed enhancing) automatic transmissions for manual transmissions in all four sports cars.
It’s pretty easy to see which one of these two-seat convertible sports cars excels in every area. From state of the art technology like Apple CarPlay and 4G Wi-Fi, to a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution, to head-snapping acceleration — the new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S continue to set the standard that others only hope to someday achieve. Which is why we say — Porsche. There is no substitute.
Trims & Specs
- Starting MSRP $59,000
- 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Boxster Engine
- 300 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
- 0 – 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with PDK
- Top track speed – 170 mph
718 Boxster S
- Starting MSRP $71,400
- 2.5-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Boxster Engine
- 350 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
- 0 – 60 mph in 4.2 seconds with PDK
- Top track speed – 177 mph
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.