2021 Porsche 718 Boxster Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster review, price, specs at Blue Grass MOTORSPORT

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

Key Features

  • Starting at $62,000 MSRP
  • Standard turbocharged boxer 2.0L 4-cylinder with 300 HP / 280 LB-FT of TQ (Boxster / Boxster T), available turbocharged boxer 2.5L 4-cylinder with 350 HP / 309 LB-FT of TQ (Boxster S), available naturally aspirated 3.0L boxer 6-cylinder with 394 HP / 317 LB-FT of TQ (Boxster GTS 4.0) or 414 HP / 317 LB-FT of TQ (Spyder)
  • Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
  • Optional Sport Chrono Package featuring Launch Control
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission
  • Available Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCS) with Porsche Connect including smartphone apps
  • Available Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB)

About the Porsche 718 Boxster

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about rocketing down twisty canyon roads with the wind in your hair, listening to an evocative soundtrack emanating from your mid-engine sports car? The Porsche 718 Boxster combines the exhilarating spirit of a mid-engine roadster with stunning design, athletic handling, and premium comfort. At its heart, a four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine roars with the same race-winning spirit that has delivered countless podium finishes – while delivering up to 414 horsepower. Handling remains a core strength of the 718 Boxster thanks to a perfected center of gravity, compact lightweight body construction, and seamless power delivery.

When in an upright position, the fabric roof of the 718 Boxster completes the sleek profile of a legendary sports car. Quintessential Porsche design elements include chiseled wheel arches, bold character edges, and clearly defined contours. Its uncompromised exterior design only hints at the potent performance found under the hood. A driver-focused interior layout stimulates your senses behind the wheel of the 718 Boxster. Experience the most comprehensively revised version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) featuring a 7-inch multi-touchscreen for seamless connectivity. Choose from an impressive selection of personalization options to create a 718 Boxster that mirrors your own unique personality.


What’s new for 2021

There are a handful of exciting changes to the Porsche 718 Boxster for the 2021 model year. A new GTS 4.0 model joins the lineup with a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Features now included as standard on all 718 Boxster variants are dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors with a rain sensor, Apple CarPlay integration, and bi-xenon headlamps.


What the critics say

“The Porsche 718 Boxster is a convertible sports car in the classical sense, which is to say it’s focused primarily on nimble handling and driver enjoyment. We wouldn’t want it any other way. Much of its allure comes from its mid-engine configuration, meaning the engine sits between the seats and rear wheels. This gives the 718 Boxster (and its fixed-roof 718 Cayman sibling) a handling balance prized by car enthusiasts.”- Edmunds

“Few vehicles fulfill their intended mission as well as the Porsche 718 Boxster does. Same goes for its coupe brother, the 718 Cayman. This car’s mid-engine design and sport-tuned chassis help it to deliver perfectly balanced driving dynamics, and its lineup of horizontally opposed turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines provide plenty of power to accompany this roadster’s sharp handling.”- Car and Driver


Awards & Accolades

Car and Driver 10 Best – 718 Boxster1

Car and Driver 10 Best - 718 Boxster

Car and Driver Editor’s Choice2

Car and Driver Editor’s Choice


Porsche 718 Boxster features

Porsche 718 Boxster Performance

Track-Ready Performance

The first two engine choices available on the impressive Porsche 718 Boxster come in the form of two outstanding turbocharged 4-cylinder engines that deliver 300 or 350 horsepower and virtually instant acceleration. Rocketing from 0-60 in a Porsche 718 Boxster S takes as little as 4.4 seconds. Searching for more muscle? Upgrade to the naturally aspirated 3.0L boxer 6-cylinder producing either 394 horsepower (718 Boxster GTS 4.0) or 414 horsepower (718 Spyder). You’ll also have your choice of a smooth-shifting speed manual transmission or 7-speed PDK featuring both a manual and an automatic mode for lighting-quick gear changes with no interruption in power delivery. The iconically resonant Porsche sound is also a signature feature of the 718 Boxster, providing the perfect soundtrack on the way to new heights of performance. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) is an optional system for enhancing driving dynamics and stability, helping to instill confidence behind the wheel.

Porsche 718 Boxster Interior

Driver-Focused Interior

At Porsche, function and design are interconnected. An ascending center console, ergonomic Sport steering wheel, and three round instruments with the tachometer positioned in the center help create an environment that’s entirely centered around the driver inside the Porsche 718 Boxster. Leather and Alcantara® materials are easy to grip, while the firmly padded Sport seats provide support during spirited cornering maneuvers. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with 7-inch multitouch screen and optional navigation module feature enhanced functionality with a further component: nearly limitless possibilities.

Porsche 718 Cayman Technology

Cutting-Edge Technology

With its high-quality glass surface, Porsche Communication Management is the aesthetically pleasing complement to the center console. With standard mobile phone integration, a Bluetooth® connection can be established automatically. Wireless Internet access provides in-car online access from WiFi-enabled client devices tethered to your smartphone or a separate SIM card. The optional online navigation package also includes Google® Street View and Google® Earth services with 360° views and satellite imagery. Porsche Car Connect (PCC) is another available feature that lets you can control certain functions of your Porsche remotely using your smartphone or Apple Watch®.


Trims & specs

718 Boxster

718 Boxster

  • Starting at $52,000 MSRP
  • 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Boxer Engine
  • 300 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
  • 0 – 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds
  • Top track speed – 170 MPH

718 Boxster T

718 Boxster T

  • Starting at $71,000 MSRP
  • 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Boxer Engine
  • 300 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
  • 0 – 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds with Sport Chrono Package
  • Top track speed – 170 MPH

718 Boxster S

718 Boxster S

  • Starting at $74,000 MSRP
  • 2.5-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Boxster Engine
  • 350 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
  • 0 – 60 MPH in 4.4 seconds
  • Top track speed – 177 MPH

718 Boxster GTS 4.0

718 Boxster GTS 4.0

  • Starting at $88,900 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter Naturally Aspirated 6-Cylinder Boxster Engine
  • 394 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
  • 0 – 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds with Sport Chrono Package
  • Top track speed – 179-182 MPH

718 Spyder

718 Spyder

  • Starting at $97,300 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter Naturally Aspirated 6-Cylinder Boxster Engine
  • 414 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
  • 0 – 60 MPH in 3.7 seconds with Sport Chrono Package
  • Top track speed – 186-187 MPH


*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.