Chris Harris Drives Four-Pot Porsche 718 Boxster, Finds It Worse Than Predecessor

The Porsche Boxster has always been a fun-to-drive little roadster, with proper cornering abilities, and a great sound coming from the inline-six engine.

However, the latter is gone in the newer model, which has received the 718 moniker, and two flat-four lumps – the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter units, which power the Boxster and Boxster S, respectively.

They make for 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque, and 350PS (345hp) and 420Nm (310lb-ft) of torque. The latter, which is the model taken out by Chris Harris for a short review, goes from naught to 62mph (100km/h) in just 4.2 seconds, with the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono kit, with a top speed of 177mph (285km/h).

Despite being fast, the new Porsche 718 Boxster fails to impress with the sounds it makes, and while its predecessor used to produce quite a symphony from its naturally aspirated flat-six unit, the modern four sounds rather disappointing.

And this is something that Top Gear’s host couldn’t get over, but eventually admitted that the ride hasn’t deteriorated, the chassis and brakes are fantastic, the throttle response is brilliant for a turbocharged engine, and the steering is very good, calling it “a great little car, but not as good as the one you could have bought last year”.


  • Six_Tymes

    Chris is honest. And im not surprised of his review.
    the boxter and cayman have always been for people who are afraid or cant afford (depending on model) a 911

    • slf

      haha, you forget to mention who can only afford one car , I have both , a GT3 and an Cayman S , love them both , and when I think about it, im not affraid of any of them

    • Franky B

      Just like those who purchase 911s are “afraid and can’t afford” a Ferrari.

    • Michael Random

      I guess you drive a Prius?

  • Honda NSX-R

    They should’ve kept the flat six as an option.

    • eb110americana

      The GT4 will have it, but obviously that is another level of car at the very top of the 718 heap.

  • SteersUright

    Why post this now? This is an old review released by Chris months ago. That said, Porsche made a massive mistake diluting the personality of one of its great sports cars by removing one of the main reasons for buying it, the incredible sounding flat6. That engine has so much character you could’ve put in any car and it would improve it.

  • Infinite1

    The sound of the engine is part of what makes the driving experience great.

  • Bradley Hayes

    “…great sound coming from the inline-six engine.”

    It was a flat-six (or H6), not an inline-six. Horizontally opposed engines are also called boxer engines and a portmanteau of the words “boxer” and “roadster” is where the Boxster’s name comes from.

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