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Porsche 718 Boxster

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Porsche 718 Boxster



What is it like on the road?

It’s very different. Not in terms of the way it stops and steers and does all the good
chassis stuff that we know the Boxster can deliver without so much as breaking sweat, but the engine is so fundamentally different as to completely change the car’s character. The old flat six was a chuntery, characterful engine. It sounded rich and expensive, had a wonderful timbre and built to a crescendo as the revs rose. The new one sounds, yes, like a Subaru. Or an old Veedub Beetle. It’s something we’ll have to get used to, but the offbeat engine note doesn’t sit happily alongside the expensive cabin materials and sophisticated design and layout. Porsche dealers are going to have their work cut out explaining this.

The thing is that despite this unpicking of some of the Boxster’s appeal, it’s still the best car in the class to drive by a country mile. The extra power enhances a chassis that’s even more brilliant than before. If only it sounded like it used to.

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