The new 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS is the new addition to Porsche’s expanding mid-engine range. Now in its third generation, the Boxster was first introduced in 1996 as the brand’s entry-level sports car. And with the GTS treatment which it received just recently, the Porsche Boxster redesign now includes styling cues from the 911, 918 Spyder and the 3rd generation Boxster.
Also, among the raft of new changes that the new model comes with, it features a lightweight body, revised engine, and a new, more rigid chassis compared to its predecessor.
The Porsche 718 Boxster is a convertible sports car in the classical sense, meaning it is essentially focused on driver enjoyment and nimble handling. And to help it achieve an intricate handling balance prized by its fans, it features an engine that sits between the rear wheels and the seats – a mid-engine configuration.
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As already told, the engine has been improved to deliver more power than before. To better illustrate this, it comes with an additional output of 35 horsepower bringing the total to 365 horsepower. This feat was achieved through developing a new intake duct and optimizing the turbocharger.
The torque of 430Nm provides even better flexibility and acceleration values. The Boxster GTS’s 0-62 mph takes only 4.1 seconds. This is achieved through combining the Sport Chrono Package and PDK. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 290km/hr.
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Interior Changes & Redesigns
Not only has the latest 2018 Boxster GTS grown in terms of aesthetics but it has also grown in terms of technologies. It has received the latest technologies for entertainment, convenience, infotainment, and connectivity.
The interior’s design is heavily based on the latest 718 Boxster. But of course there’re unique features that help set it apart. Specifically, there’s an updated instrument cluster and a new dashboard. Furthermore, the spokes and the steering wheel are new, as well as the center section that pays close resemblance to its larger 911 sibling.
Aside from the aforementioned changes, almost everything else was carried over unchanged.
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The materials used throughout are impeccable, and is smartly designed for ease of use. Although the buttons are abundant, they’re well labeled and logically positioned.
In terms of entertainment, the car features the latest Porsche’s entertainment system. It is accessed through a decently sized touchscreen that is utterly crisp and intuitive. Android Auto is standard but you’ll have to pay an extra to have the Apple CarPlay.
In terms of comfort levels, the newest 2018 718 Boxster GTS comes with adaptive dampers that help keep it stabilized even when driving on rough roads. The dampers are however optional. The seating features adequate cushioning and adjustments to enable every person achieve their desired comfort level.
Exterior Photos, Dimensions & Review - Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
As was expected, the new 718 Boxster GTS features a more aggressive front face with slightly larger air intakes. This, Porsche says, is for enhancing aerodynamics and cooling. Among the raft of redesigns include: a much sportier trapezoidal section, black elements between the splitter and the nose, and fine meshing that replace the horizontal slats in the side vents.
Around back, the changes include larger exhaust pipes, more aggressive cutouts, and a redesigned diffuser. Furthermore, there’s the movable spoiler above the rear fascia that, Porsche says, helps not only during cornering and braking but also substantially improves downforce.
As is typical for the GTS models, the Bi-Xenon headlights and the front light modules are black-tinted. Also helping give the vehicle a distinct look are the centrally located black tailpipes, black rear apron, black logos, and tinted taillights.
On the sides, the newest 2018 Boxster GTS didn’t as some expected. Nonetheless, the car has received a “GTS” graphics on the doors’ lower section and a set of matte black, 5-twin-spoke wheels.
2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Specs for Engine
Similar to its predecessor, the beast beneath its hood is based on the Boxster S model. As such, expect a brawny 2.5L four-cylinder engine able to churn out an incredible output of 365 horsepower and 317 lbs. ft. of torque. The output represents an output increase of 15 horsepower than before.
The power is sent to the wheels via the standard six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can also opt for the seven-speed PDK as well. The car is able to do 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds when equipped with the latter. The top speed is 180 mph.
To further boost the overall performance, the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS is offered with features such as Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and the Sport Chrono Package.
2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Release Date & Price
The new model doesn’t come cheap. Pricing begins from an MSRP of $81,900, excluding the delivery charge of $1,050. That’s a premium of $5,000 over the outgoing model and $12,000 over the Boxster S. The vehicle is expected to go for sale in March 2018.