With tweaks to its hardware—like hp that’s been bumped to 350 and brakes that have been bulked up— Porsche 718 Boxster S will leave every other ride you’re considering in the dust.
Name: Porsche 718 Boxster S
Basic personality: Seriously turbocharged.
Measurements: A lithe 97.4, 172.4, 70.9, 50.4 (wheelbase, length, width, height, in inches).
Weight: 2,944 pounds (curb) and proud of it.
Fast or slow type? Duh, it’s a Porsche: Top speed is 177 mph, with a 4-second 0-60 blitz.
Low-key or high-energy? With all 309 lb-ft of torque available at only 1,900 rpms, its wallop will make you grin.
Easy or hard to handle? Steering is agile and responsive without ever acting squirrely. And response time? Quicker than Drake to an Instagram diss.
Guzzler or teetotaler? Where gas is concerned, somewhere in between—but is that what you came here for?
Special talents: Press the “Sport Response Button”—a red dot on the steering wheel lifted from the 918 Spyder Hypercar—and the 718 rips into Hulk mode. The pre-spooled turbos unleash 20 seconds of brain-frying bliss, so smoke ’em if you got ’em.
Any recent life-changing events? Two turbochargers bolted onto the 2.5-liter pump boosted the hp to 350,so you get more bang for your buck.
Best side: Rear end—the fat enders and twin-oval tailpipes are hard to miss.
Enhancement surgery? The engine got downsized from 6 cylinders to 4—but it’ll still gobble up street corners like gentrification.
Guilty pleasure: Dropping the top and cruising the Pacific Coast Highway looking for admirers.
Special talent: Knowing how to put on the brakes. Sure, terrifying speeds are a turn-on, but it’s important to know how to cool down, too. Packing the same carbon- ceramics brakes found in the 911 Carrera, it scrubs speed while brimming with confidence.
Fantasy trip: Racing the Nürburgring as fast as possible, especially the Nordschleife (North Loop).
Turnoffs: Gridlock, hairdressers. (The Boxster was long dubbed “the hairdresser’s Porsche”; but with the top down, it’ll destroy your ’do, which is just as it should be.)
Life story in 25 words or less: No longer Carrera’s redheaded stepchild, the Boxster—especially with the PDK dual-clutch transmission/ Sport Chrono upgrades— leaves similarly priced rides coughing up its exhaust fumes.
Available to the average guy? Sure, if he has $68,400.