2022 Porsche 718 Boxster
Variants, Reviews, Pricing, and Specs
Prices Starting at $63,950
Ever-stringent government fuel economy and CO2 emissions standards forced Porsche to downsize and turbocharge its entire range of engines. This meant that the marketing department leaned on the flat-four heritage of the 550 Spyder and 718 race cars, dubbing the internally-designated 982 Boxster and Cayman models as the 718.
The 718 Boxster was introduced in January 2016, and premiered at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The 718 featured two new horizontally-opposed flat-4 turbocharged engines at 2.0-litre (Boxster/Cayman) and 2.5-litre (Boxster S/Cayman S) displacement with increased torque and horsepower with lower fuel consumption. The S model turbocharger utilizes Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) technology. The 718 T models were released for the 2020 model year as more sport-oriented versions of the base 718 models. Later in October 2017, the GTS models were announced with their 2.5-litre engines rated at 360 hp. Since 2020, the GTS 4.0 model has been offered for both 718 models. The new model features the 4.0-litre flat-6 from the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder, however de-tuned to 394 hp.
The Boxster and Cayman get more upgrades and make the strong argument that the 911 is no longer the best sports car in the world. The Porsche 982 is the internal designation of the fourth generation Boxster (and third generation Cayman). The big news with the 718 is the switch to a new turbocharged flat-four engine and Porsche moving away from the naturally aspirated flat-6.
To celebrate 25 years of the Boxster, Porsche announced a limited edition 718 Boxster 25 for the 2022 model year. Restricted to 1,250 units worldwide, the car is based on the GTS 4.0 model which makes it a very interesting proposition for the collector looking for something fun to drive too.
(GTS 4.0)... Screaming flat-six, phenomenal manual transmission, near-GT4 performance... Tall gearing limits opportunities to shift.. has massive cornering capabilities.
Car and Driver
Super fun to drive that keeps you engaged at any speed. Turbo four cylinder engines pack plenty of punch while the flat 6s are epic. Looks well polished and plenty of choice.
The four cylinder engines don't sound great. Starts getting expensive once you play with options. All models have tall gearing in manual which zaps some of the fun.
As a sports car to take for a fun drive, there is nothing better. It is nearly perfect and all the sports car you could ever need. Can't go wrong with any variant you choose.
What's New for 2022
The Boxster gets two new colors for 2022 and they both have fun names. There is Shark Blue and Frozenberry Metallic. Porsche also added a few additional leather accessories, including leather floor mats and key covers. From a model perspective, Porsche has a limited edition Boxster 25 Years, restricted to 1,250 units worldwide and is based on the GTS 4.0 model.
Our Pick of the Range
The 718 Boxster Spyder is everything you could possibly want in a sports car, but for us it is the 718 GTS 4.0 that wins our hearts. It is one of the last production sports cars with a large displacement engine that doesn't feature turbocharging or supercharging. It produces 395 bhp @ 7800 rpm and 310 ft lbs and can hit zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (only 0.1 seconds slower than the Spyder).
2022 Pricing Guide
718 Boxster - $63,950
718 Boxster T - $70,050
718 Boxster S - $75,950
718 Boxster GTS 4.0 - $90,850
718 Boxster Spyder - $99,650
718 25th Anniversary - $102,450 (New for 2022)
Ranking vs Competition
Porsche 718 Cayman - $61,850
Chevrolet Corvette - $61,145
Porsche 718 Boxster - $61,850
Toyota Supra - $44,315
BMW Z4 - $50,895
Audi TT RS - $74,295
The four-pots are disappointing, but with a six in the middle this is about as good as cars get
If you want to experience the best chassis in the business, it's here. And thankfully the 6cyl is back, too...No sports car handles as well or is packaged so expertly, 6cyl engine...
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