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

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster Model Overview at Sewickley Porsche

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

Life is too short for ‘what ifs’. Too short for unfulfilled wishes and dreams. The Porsche 718 Boxster blends the sporting spirit of a mid-engine roadster with striking design, athletic chassis setup, and luxurious comfort. At its heart, a four-cylinder turbocharged engine or naturally aspirated 6-cylinder beat with the same fighting spirit that has earned countless podium finishes – delivering up to 414 horsepower. Handling remains a signature characteristic of the 718 Boxster thanks to a low center of gravity, compact lightweight body construction, and smooth power delivery.

When closed, the fabric roof of the 718 Boxster completes the sleek silhouette of an iconic sports car. Unmistakable Porsche design elements include sculpted wheel arches, distinctive edges, and clearly defined contours. This superlative exterior design only hints at the blistering performance found under the hood. A driver-centric interior layout immerses your senses behind the wheel of the 718 Boxster. Experience the fundamentally revised version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) featuring a 7-inch multi-touch screen for seamless connectivity. Choose from a comprehensive selection of personalization options to create a 718 Boxster that reflects your own unique personality.


What’s New for 2021

Sports car enthusiasts will discover an array of exciting updates to the Porsche 718 Boxster for the new model year. For 2021, a new GTS 4.0 variant is added to the lineup featuring a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Standard features now found on all 718 Boxster models 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


Porsche 718 Boxster Features

Porsche 718 Boxster Performance

Performance

Drivers can choose between two exceptional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines that deliver 300 and 350 horsepower respectively and instantaneous acceleration. Rocketing from 0-60 in a Porsche 718 Boxster S takes as little as 4.4 seconds. Looking for more muscle? Step up 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 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed PDK transmission featuring both a manual and an automatic mode for extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in power delivery. The typically resonant Porsche sound is also an intrinsic feature of the 718 Boxster, providing the fitting 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 inspire confidence behind the wheel.

Porsche 718 Boxster Interior

Driver-Focused Cockpit

At Porsche, function and design are inextricably linked. 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 completely 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 dynamic cornering maneuvers. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a 7-inch multitouch screen and optional navigation module enhance form and function with a further component: nearly boundless possibilities.

718 Boxster Porsche Communication Management

Technology

With its high-quality glass surface, Porsche Communication Management is the aesthetically perfect addition to the center console. With standard mobile phone preparation, a Bluetooth® connection can be established automatically. Wireless Internet access gives you in-car online access from WiFi-enabled client devices tethered to your smartphone or a separate SIM card.

The available online navigation package also includes Google® Street View and Google® Earth services with 360° views and satellite imagery. Porsche Car Connect (PCC) is an available feature which lets you can control certain functions of your Porsche remotely via your smartphone or Apple Watch®.


Awards & Accolades

Car and Driver 10 BestCar and Driver 10 Best – 718 Boxster1
Car and Driver Editor’s ChoiceCar and Driver Editor’s Choice2

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.

1Source: Car and Driver 10 Best Cars

2Source: Car and Driver Best Cars