Wild enough to covet yet affordable enough to buy, the Boxster has carved out a nice little following in the UK. Take one for a test drive and you’ll understand why the Boxster has just a dedicated and loyal fan base.
The new 718 Boxster was introduced last year, replacing the previous iteration which had been in production since 2012.
The biggest change with the new 718 is the loss of its iconic flat-six in favour of a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder block.
Gone are the wild screaming starts and howling downshifts that won over so many hearts.
While Porsche might have lost a small portion of diehard fans by ditching the old engine, I’m definitely not one of them. The new 718 Boxster looks, feels, sounds and drives better than ever.
Even with the standard 300hp 2.0-litre engine, it roars from 0-60mph in under five seconds and onto a top speed of 177mph.
The re-tuned chassis, which borrows its steering system from the 911 Turbo, feels fantastic wherever you are. Upgrade to Porsche’s Active Suspension Management and things get even better. It’s flat and smooth and accurate and unbelievably fun on windy roads.
Inside, the design, detailing and build quality are all top notch. Although, considering Porsche has copied the whole interior straight from the vastly more expensive 911, we’d expect nothing else.
My only gripe is that the entry-level package is pretty basic with sat-nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio all optional add-ons. Expensive optional add-ons. Very expensive optional add-ons.
Still, who buys a Boxster to listen to Chris Moyles on the radio?