2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster Review: Number One Sport Action Hero

The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster does what many other sports cars wish they could: be good at nearly everything. Now in its fourth generation, this 2-door roadster continues to stun motor journalists and Porsche fans alike with its uncanny ability to thrill and entertain, all while being relatively practical and comfortable on a daily basis. For 2021, the mighty GTS arrives in the US powered by a 394-horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six engine that delivers performance close to that of an entry-level Porsche 911 Carrera. The 2021 718 Boxster goes up against cheaper rivals such as the BMW Z4 but still reigns supreme in our minds.

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2021 Porsche 718 Boxster Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster?

The US arrival of the all-new GTS 4.0 is the only addition for the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster, but otherwise, the new model year is revised little. More standard equipment is included, with all models featuring dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, and auto-dimming wing mirrors with a rain sensor.

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent handling
  • Ample power
  • Manual gearbox
  • Wind-in-your-hair driving at its finest
  • Porsche quality and reliability
  • Limited storage
  • Four-cylinder engine lacks character
  • Pricey options
  • No official safety rating

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2021 Porsche 718 Boxster Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Boxster
2.0L Turbo Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$62,000
Boxster T
2.0L Turbo Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$71,000
Boxster S
2.5L Turbo Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$74,000
Boxster GTS 4.0
4.0L Flat 6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$88,900
Boxster 25 Years
4.0L Flat 6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$98,600

718 Boxster Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 172.4 in
  • Wheelbase 97.4 in
  • Height 50.4 in
  • Max Width 70.9 in
  • Front Width 59.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,021.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • GT Silver Metallic
  • Gentian Blue Metallic
  • Night Blue Metallic
  • Aventurine Green Metallic
  • Agate Grey Metallic
  • Miami Blue
  • Carmine Red
  • Chalk
  • Lava Orange
  • Python Green
  • Custom Color
  • White
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718 Boxster Performance

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Engine and Transmission

There are three engine options on offer for 2021, though none are particularly fuel efficient. The least potent of the lot is the 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four. This engine produces 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear-wheel drivetrain via a 6-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 0-60 mph sprint takes 4.9 seconds in manual guise or 4.7 with the PDK. The optional Sport Chrono Package with launch control will drop down that figure by a further two tenths. The top speed is pegged at 170 mph. The Boxster S features a more powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 350 hp and 309 lb-ft and will launch to 60 mph in four seconds and top out at 177 mph. The most potent option is the high-revving naturally aspirated 4.0-liter gas boxer-six developing 394 hp and 309 lb-ft found in the GTS 4.0 and 25 Years. These models hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach 182 mph. With the PDK transmission equipped, this drops to 3.8 seconds.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Flat 4 Gas, 2.5L Turbo Flat 4 Gas, 4.0L Flat 6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

718 Boxster Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/26 mpg
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718 Boxster Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater

718 Boxster Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    4.4 ft³

718 Boxster Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster a good roadster?

When Porsche first unveiled the Boxter 25 years ago, most Porsche fans looked down on this little two-door soft-top sports car. To many, it was a hairdresser's car that only people who couldn't afford a 911 would buy. The Boxter ended up saving the brand and paving the way forward for the Cayman. The latest Boxster roadster is one of the best sports cars on the road today, no matter which flavor you get it in. The base model's four-cylinder turbo engine might not be the most exotic or inspiring, but combined with an excellent chassis and class-leading build quality, you still get a package that outperforms most competitors. The GTS, at the other end of the spectrum, is a massively capable sports car and offers performance levels bordering on 911 territory. Yes, prices can get out of hand if you go wild with the options list, but there's nothing that can touch the driving experience this car offers in the same range. In review, the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster is a great vehicle in its own right, and well worth the money.

🚗What Porsche 718 Boxster Model Should I Buy?

There's no way around it: the price of the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster roadster is crippling, but you get what you pay for. We'd go for the mid-range 718 Boxster S with the more powerful 2.5-liter engine if we were buying. We'd get one in Aventurine Green Metallic and add performance options such as the $2,090 Sport Chrono package, including launch control, a rev-match function, and PSM Sport Mode. We'd also get the Porsche torque vectoring option with mechanically locking diff and Porsche active suspension management for an additional $3,110. The total cost for this build comes to $81,800, including a $1,350 destination fee.

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