The Porsche Boxster
Last time, we discussed the Porsche 550 Spyder as an innovative vehicle in terms of design and showcasing the cutting edge engineering abilities of Porsche. Porsche’s roadster designs are no different. A roadster is known as a car with two seats and a convertible top. Porsche’s roadster designs are very much ahead of their time, while other manufacturers have been known to replicate elements of Porsche design simply for their advanced thought process.
Following the 550, the next roadster designed was the Porsche Boxster (the 986), the first generation of which was released in 1996 as a 2.5-litre Flat Six. In 2000, the 986 received a 2.7-litre upgrade and a second variant was also released, the Boxster S. The S got a serious displacement upgrade jumping to 3.2 litres. From 1996-2003, the Boxster was the top selling car for Porsche. This was until the introduction of the Cayenne which ultimately shifted the way Porsche sold cars - and who their target audience was.
In 2016, the Boxster took on another variant; the 718. Arguably one of the best designed Porsche models released, the 718 saw change in performance, drivability and style. The flat six was swapped out for a 4-cylinder turbo charged engine (2.0L and 2.5L variants) which maximizes fuel economy and performance. The trunk space even contains cutouts that you can carry golf clubs in. It really is the perfect combination of design and performance. The 718 name is derived from 4-cyclinder Porsches that were produced in the 50’s and 60’s
Before driving the 718, I questioned the power of the car as many would. However to my surprise the power band is incredibly smooth with plenty of torque in the low range. I had the opportunity to drive the 718 Boxster to our Downtown Porsche Square One location. It was a blast to say the least. The chassis is extremely well balanced with very agile handling. Being one of the few remaining Porsche models still offered in a manual transmission, I would highly recommend this car to anyone who is looking for a great driving experience. Combine this with the storage size and design, the 718 could be the perfect sports car for you.