The 718 Boxster is Porsche's mid-engine convertible sports car on offer. The 718 is Porsche's answer to what a compact mid-engine sports car can do. It's a well balanced, well proportioned and well-engineered piece of machinery produced by the German carmakers. The 718 badge is able to encapsulate the sentiments of what Porsche's car heritage is all about but it'll only be known or addressed to a few in numbers or ardent Porsche's enthusiasts.
The 718 Boxster retains the traditional Porsche's design. Like many others in the lineup, Porsche refrains from bringing any major aesthetic changes on the exterior. The manufacturer works on the grounds of improving physical ability rather than that of aesthetic appeal. At the front, the 718 Boxster gets the bi-xenon headlights with the four-point LED DRL's with revised front bumpers integrated to a larger air intake column, above which the sleek turn indicators are fixed. The rear gets a reshaped LED lights with their own four-point brake lights enhanced by the dark strip that links the lights together. The roof of the Porsche 718 Boxster is basic and is designed with special fabric to keep the usual wear and tear away for a longer period of time. In addition, the material is also odour resistant and gets stitched with special fibre which helps in preventing of tear if tried purposely. The entire operation of the roof to move in either direction takes about 9 seconds which is seriously impressive by any standards.
The interior of the 718 Boxster is similar to that of its predecessor as much hasn't been done to differentiate the new from the old. Up front, the 718 gets a traditional touchscreen/infotainment unit which gets Porsche's connectivity. The visibility under direct sunlight can be a hindrance as the screen isn't as bright under the full beam. Below the infotainment unit, resides the necessary media and temperature toggles which can be adjusted to individual needs. The seats are nice and well padded and provide a sense of comfort when cutting through sharp corners. The cockpit gets a traditional three-dial display. Out of which the one present on the right-hand side is fully digital and can be used to display various car's statistics and information. The lean angles are good and one can get into a comfortable position for long runs or even for a track day.
Unlike its predecessor, the 718 Boxster isn't naturally aspirated straight six. Instead of powering the new 718 are a new 2.0 flat four which produces a 300 bhp of power at 6,500 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,950 rpm - 4,500 rpm. This new engine comes paired with a brilliant seven-speed dual clutch PDK gearbox which helps in taking this 718 from still to 100 kph in 4.9 seconds.
Starting at Rs. 85.83 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) the Porsche 718 Boxster may not be the perfect all round car. After all, it's not meant to do everyday chores. The 718 Boxster is simply here to make sure, that one day the driver gets out of the week is an extra special one. The Porsche 718 Boxster competes against the likes of Audi TT, BMW Z4, and Ford Mustang.