Reviews for the new Porsche 718 Boxster have been streaming in recently and they all seem agree that its performance has improved but at the cost of the soulful flat-six engine.
It’s just inevitable with the increasingly strict international emission standards and going turbo seems like the best way to increase fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
Every exterior panel besides the bonnet, boot and windscreen is new and the interior has been updated too with a new infotainment system and smaller steering wheel. Performance has been improved with faster steering from the 911 Turbo and upgraded rear suspension inspired by the Cayman GT4. When you’re driving the 718 Boxster you’ll be treated to a steering system that is 10% faster, great throttle that’ll push you back into the seat in any gear and it’s just an overall balanced car.
Of course in exchange for an overall better performing vehicle the 718 Boxster has lost the sound that only a flat-six can produce. This seems to be a sore point with purists who are up in arms about the switch to Turbo but Matt Prior from AutoCar does make a good point about this; every time Porsche comes out with something new you’ll get people complaining about one thing or the other. Could be the water-cooling or the electric power steering but overall, people forget that Porsche has been improving with each new model.
The question is, do you think it’s worth it?