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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Porsche 718 Boxster

Overall verdict
Character has suffered, but the rest of the 718 Boxster package is spot on.


Packaging, interior design, economy, torque, gearbox, roof mechanism


Lacks emotional appeal of its predecessor


What is it?

It’s sacrilege, that’s what. OK, that’s going in on the new Porsche 718 Boxster a bit hard, but having attempted to convince us that turbocharging was the way forward for the 911, Porsche has taken an even bigger step with the Boxster which now has a turbocharged four cylinder engine in place of the old naturally aspirated flat six. Out goes the tuneful harmony that’s been a Boxster trademark for the past two decades, in comes something more normally associated with Subaru Impreza Turbos. Bold progress indeed, Porsche.

And yes, the name is new, too. Once again there are standard and S versions, both sporting this all new flat four motor. In the ordinary car it’s a 2.0-litre, while the S has a 2.5. Both are single turbo, with either 296 or 345bhp, capable of hitting 62mph in 4.7 or 4.2 seconds and 170 or 177mph flat out. So they’re quick alright, and the rest of the Boxster attributes that we know and love have only been

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.5 S 2dr
4.6s 184g/km 34.9 345 £50,695
The cheapest
2.0 2dr
5.1s 168g/km 38.2 300 £41,739
The greenest
2.0 2dr
5.1s 168g/km 38.2 300 £41,739
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