In simply the final two years, our Car and Driver take a look at staff has vetted many flavors of Porsche, 34 to be actual. Of the stack from Stuttgart, 11 had been GTS fashions, 4 of these 718s, however this Python Green ($2580) 718 is the primary Boxster GTS we have examined with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The common launch to 60 mph for all these Porsches, from the bottom Taycan to 911 Turbo S Lightweight, is a frantic 3.1 seconds. This souped-up Boxster is simply 0.3 second under that common and not all that removed from the 911’s efficiency feats.

The 718 is accessible as a hardtop Cayman coupe or a convertible-top Boxster. In base kind, they’re powered by a Subaru-sounding 300-hp turbocharged flat-four, however the GTS ushers within the superb tenor of a 394-hp flat-six engine. This engine is a detuned model of the Cayman GT4’s 414-hp unit, and you needn’t crank the 4.0-liter to its 7800-rpm redline to take pleasure in it. The GTS’s normal Sport Exhaust is an effective set of pipes, and in our sound-level exams, the distinction between the Boxster (with its high closed) and the hardtop Cayman at wide-open throttle and at a 70-mph cruising velocity was negligible.

HIGHS: Flat-six music that is on the high of our Spotify listing, dual-clutch automated thinks it is a guide, constructed for enjoyable however nonetheless performs.

The Boxster is a few 5 seconds faster than the 670-hp Corvette Z06—that’s, by way of roof operation, performing its powered ceiling dance in roughly 10 seconds. Where acceleration is worried, our 718 Boxster GTS’s 3.4-second 60-mph time was 0.4 second faster than the six-speed manual 718 Boxster GTS and an identical to its hardtop 718 Cayman GTS PDK counterpart. It’s additionally simply 0.2 second behind the base 911 Carrera‘s dash to 60 mph. More impressively, its 8.2-second run to 100 mph places it only some tenths of a second behind wildly costlier and highly effective convertibles such because the $284,150 911 Speedster and the 540-hp Audi R8 V10 Spyder.

This PDK-equipped Boxster 718 GTS reached the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 119 mph. Using related tires with the identical measurement wheels, the PDK-equipped 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, which weighed about 20 fewer kilos than the Boxster, narrowly beat it within the quarter-mile by 0.1 second at 121 mph. The two vehicles’ braking efficiency is as related as their look under the beltline. The Boxster stops from 70 mph in 145 ft and from 100 mph in 294 ft, whereas the Cayman does so in 149 ft and 301 ft, respectively.

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Although the GTS’s crisp-shifting six-speed guide transmission gives a extra visceral expertise, the PDK’s faster acceleration and sharp reflexes forestall it from being the unsuitable alternative. Rather than behaving prefer it’s connected by strings to the EPA take a look at cycle, the PDK shifts after we would. If you end up fussing with the paddle shifters regardless of the PDK’s prescient gear choice, you in all probability ought to’ve ordered a guide from the beginning. (The dual-clutch’s $3730 penalty in all probability will not sway patrons in both course.)

A tightly packed cabin comes with the territory of any two-seater, and 718s haven’t got a lot in the best way of storage areas. They do have cupholders—spindly contraptions that come out from the passenger facet of the dashboard. Filling one with a big Mountain Dew Baja Blast from Taco Bell may imply you find yourself with an empty cup and a large number by the point you get residence. A 70-pound Great Pyrenees suits completely tremendous within the passenger seat however now will solely eat New Zealand-caught salmon and kibble that is been rigorously massaged right into a pâté. Is that from the journey within the fancy Porsche or the symptom of a newfound meals allergy? The canine merely will not say.

LOWS: Enters 911 pricing territory after only some choices, you will not need to get out of it once you get there, maintain on to your cups!

Our 718 Boxster’s as-tested worth rang in at $110,540. That’s $19,690 over the GTS’s beginning determine. Its priciest choice (past the PDK) was the Premium package deal ($3500), which added a Bose surround sound system, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, a heated steering wheel, and keyless entry and ignition. The aforementioned Python Green paint and the 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels ($2450) wrapped in Pirelli P Zero PZ4s had been the subsequent most costly extras.

It’s not the choices that make the GTS an incredible automobile, it is what’s already there. The Boxster/Cayman has made our coveted 10Best Cars list an unimaginable 23 instances. The addition of a euphonious flat-six and wicked-smart PDK to an already sensible sports activities automobile is value celebrating—although we might gladly take a look at it once more, simply to verify.

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0

Vehicle Type: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $90,850/$110,540

Options: 7-speed PDK transmission, $3730; Premium package deal – Bose encompass sound, LED headlight w/PLDS Plus, gentle design package deal, energy folding mirrors, heated steering wheel, lane change help, $3500; Python Green paint, $2580; 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels, $2450; black leather-based inside, $2160; adaptive cruise management, $1670; gloss black brake calipers, $900; ventilated seats, $740; supplemental security bars in exterior colour, $640; smartphone compartment, $560; painted automobile keys, $540; PORSCHE emblem in satin black, $220

ENGINE

DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct gas injection

Displacement: 244 in3, 3995 cm3

Power: 394 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

7-speed dual-clutch automated

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/struts

Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

F: 235/35ZR-20 (88Y) N1

R: 265/35ZR-20 (95Y) N1

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 97.4 in

Length: 172.4 in

Width: 70.9 in

Height: 49.7 in

Passenger Volume: 49 ft3

Trunk Volume, F/R: 5/4 ft3

Curb Weight: 3254 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.4 sec

100 mph: 8.2 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.7 sec @ 119 mph

130 mph: 14.2 sec

150 mph: 20.5 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.4 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.5 sec

Top Speed (mfr’s declare): 182 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 145 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 294 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.05 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Observed: 23 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 21/19/24 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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