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2022 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 Is a Lesser-Rich Man’s 911

In just the last two years we have Car and Driver test team checked many flavors of Porsche, 34 to be exact. Off the stack from Stuttgart were 11 GTS models, four of them 718s, but this Python Green ($2580) 718 is the first Boxster GTS we tested with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The average launch to 60 mph for all those Porsches, from the base Taycan on 911 Turbo S Lightweight, is a frantic 3.1 seconds. This facelifted Boxster is just 0.3 seconds below that average and not that far from the 911’s performance feats.

The 718 is available as a hardtop Cayman coupe or a convertible-top Boxster. In base form, they’re powered by a Subaru-sounding 300-hp turbocharged flat-four, but the GTS ushers in the glorious thrust of a 394-hp flat-six engine. This engine is a detuned version of the Cayman GT4’s 414-hp unit, and you don’t need to rev the 4.0-liter to its 7800-rpm redline to enjoy it. The GTS’s standard Sport exhaust is a good set of pipes, and in our sound level tests the difference between the Boxster (with its top up) and the hardtop Cayman at wide-open throttle and at a 70 mph cruise speed was negligible. .

HEIGHTS: Flat-six music that tops our Spotify list, dual-clutch automatic thinks it’s a manual, built for fun but still performs.

The Boxster is about five seconds faster than the 670-hp Corvette Z06—that is, in terms of roof action, it performs its powered ceiling dance in about 10 seconds. In terms of acceleration, our 718 Boxster GTS’s 3.4-second 60 mph time was 0.4 seconds faster than the six-speed manual 718 Boxster GTS and identical to its hardtop 718 Cayman GTS PDK counterpart. It’s also just 0.2 seconds behind the base 911 Carrera’s sprint to 60 mph. More impressively, its 8.2-second run to 100 mph puts it just a few tenths of a second behind wildly more expensive and powerful convertibles like the $284,150 911 Speedster and the 540-hp Audi R8 V10 Spyder.

This PDK-equipped Boxster 718 GTS hit the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 119 mph. Using similar tires with the same size wheels, the PDK-equipped 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, which weighed about 20 pounds less than the Boxster, beat it in the quarter mile by 0.1 second at 121 mph. The two cars’ braking performance matches their below-the-beltline appearance. The Boxster stops from 70 mph in 145 feet and from 100 mph in 294 feet, while the Cayman does so in 149 feet and 301 feet, respectively.

2022 porsche 718 boxster gts 4l pdk

Michael Simari|Car and Driver

Although the GTS’s sharp-shifting six-speed manual offers a more visceral experience, the PDK’s quicker acceleration and sharp reflexes prevent it from being the wrong choice. Rather than acting like it’s attached by strings to the EPA test cycle, the PDK shifts when we would. If you find yourself struggling with the paddle shifters despite the PDK’s prudish gear selection, you probably should have ordered a manual from the start. (The dual-clutch’s $3730 penalty isn’t likely to sway buyers in either direction.)

A tightly packed cabin comes with the territory of any two-seater, and 718s don’t have much in the way of storage areas. They do have cup holders – pointy contraptions that stick out from the passenger side of the dashboard. Filling one with a large Mountain Dew Baja Blast from Taco Bell could mean you’re left with an empty cup and a mess by the time you get home. A 70-pound Great Pyrenees fits perfectly in the passenger seat, but will now only eat New Zealand-caught salmon and kibble carefully massaged into a pate. Is it from the drive in the fancy Porsche or the symptom of a newfound food allergy? The dog simply does not want to say.

LOW: Enters 911 price territory after only a few options, you won’t want to get out once you get there, hold on to your cups!

Our 718 Boxster’s as-tested price came in at $110,540. That’s $19,690 above the GTS’s starting figure. Its most expensive option (beyond the PDK) was the Premium Package ($3,500), which added a Bose surround sound system, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, a heated steering wheel, and keyless entry and ignition. The aforementioned Python Green paint and the 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels ($2450) wrapped in Pirelli P Zero PZ4s were the next most expensive extras.

It’s not the options that make the GTS a great car, it’s what’s already there. The Boxster/Cayman has made our prestigious 10 Best Cars list an incredible 23 times. The addition of a euphonious flat-six and wicked-smart PDK to an already brilliant sports car is worth celebrating – although we’d love to test it again, just to be sure.

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0
Vehicle Type: Rear Engine, Rear Wheel Drive, 2-Passenger, 2-Door Convertible

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $90,850/$110,540
Options: 7-speed PDK transmission, $3730; Premium Package – Bose Surround Sound, LED Headlight with PLDS Plus, Light Design Package, Power-Folding Mirrors, Heated Steering Wheel, Lane Change Assist, $3500; Python Green paint, $2580; 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels, $2450; black leather interior, $2160; adaptive cruise control, $1670; gloss black brake calipers, $900; ventilated seats, $740; exterior color supplemental roll bars, $640; smartphone compartment, $560; painted vehicle keys, $540; PORSCHE logo in satin black, $220

ENGINE
DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 inches33995 cm3
Power: 394 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
7-speed dual clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/struts
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-inch ventilated cross-drilled disc/13.0-inch ventilated cross-drilled disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 235/35ZR-20 (88Y) N1
R: 265/35ZR-20 (95Y) N1

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 97.4 inches
Length: 172.4 inches
Width: 70.9 inches
Height: 49.7 inches
Passenger volume: 49 feet3
Hull volume, F/H: 5/4 ft3
Curb weight: 3254 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.4 sec
100 mph: 8.2 sec
1/4-mile: 11.7 sec @ 119 mph
130 mph: 14.2 sec
150 mph: 20.5 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 4.4 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.5 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 182 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 145 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 294 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot Skid road: 1.05 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 23 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 21/19/24 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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