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2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

The 2020 Boxster Spyder remains naturally aspirated, packs more than 400 horsepower

The 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder is the range-topping version of the 982-generation Boxster. Based on a sports car introduced in 2016, the 2020 Boxster Spyder is the first to wear a "718" badge. Launched alongside the 718 Cayman GT4, its coupe counterpart, the Boxster Spyder features the largest and most powerful engine ever fitted into Porsche’s entry-level model.

The Boxster Spyder, inspired by the 718 race car from the 1950s, came to life in 2009 and returned for the 2016 model year. For 2019, the Spyder remains a limited-edition model that will probably earn collectible status in the near future. But does it have what it takes to compete with other similar sports cars, especially given its expensive price tag? Let’s find out in the review below.

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1996 - 2004 Porsche Boxster (986)

1996 - 2004 Porsche Boxster (986)

A 911 droptop for the everyman

Although it might look like Porsche is at the top of its game these days, the Stuttgart brand has seen plenty of rough spots over the years. For example, back in the ‘90s, Porsche went through a period of stagnation and financial difficulty that very nearly killed the brand, but luckily, Porsche managed to put together just the right recipe to bring it back from the brink of bankruptcy. It’s called the Boxster..

Framed as a more accessible entry into the Porsche lifestyle, the Boxster 986 was the first model to carry the Boxster nameplate, with the first-gen lasting from 1996 to 2004. The name itself is an amalgamation of the words “roadster,” a nod to the car’s body style, and “boxer,” which is a nod to the car’s engine configuration. Equipped with classic Porsche styling, faultless handling characteristics, and a rev-happy powerplant, the Boxster was a smash hit for sales, and it is now credited with playing an integral part in Porsche’s late-‘90s renaissance.

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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

New turbocharged engine makes it quicker and more fuel efficient

First introduced in 1996 as the company’s entry-level sports car, the Porsche Boxster is now in its third generation, and it just received the GTS treatment with exclusive features and more power. Redesigned to include styling cues from the 911 and 918 Spyder, the third-gen Boxster also received a new, more rigid chassis, revised engine, and a small weight reduction compared to its predecessor. The engine lineup included three flat-six units at first, but this changed in 2016 when a comprehensive facelift replaced them with smaller, turbocharged flat-four powerplants. The update also brought a new name, with the "718" denomination added to the "Boxster" badge as a tribute to Porsche’s iconic race car from the late 1950s. With both the base model and the higher-performance S version already in showrooms, Porsche just expanded the Boxster family with the higher performance GTS version.

Spotted testing in the wild since 2016, the GTS is one of two higher performance versions of the Boxster. While not as aggressive and exclusive as the Spyder, the GTS is indeed a significant upgrade over the Boxster S. Lighter, more powerful, and fitted with extra gear; it gives owner access to more speed and quicker sprint times. When GTS prototypes were first spotted on the road, the first question that came to mind was whether or not the nameplate would also make a switch to turbocharged engines. As it turns out, the naturally aspirated Porsche is slowly dying, and the Boxster GTS also embraced forced induction. How does it compare to the previous model? Find out in the review below.

Updated 2-11-2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS taken at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche Boxster has received its most comprehensive facelift yet, gaining a new name, a more aggressive design, and turbocharged, flat-four engines.

The 1997-2004 Porsche Boxster was introduced in 1996 as an entry-level, mid-engined sports car. It was Porsche’s first road-going roadster since the 550 Spyder. Although it was received with mild criticism and was seen as a departure from Porsche tradition, the Boxster quickly grew on enthusiasts to become the company’s biggest volume seller until the Cayenne SUV was launched in 2003. Twenty years have passed since its debut and the roadster received the most important facelift of its life.

Much like the new 911 Carrera, the Boxster has ditched its naturally aspirated engine in favor of turbocharged units, as part of Porsche’s new strategy to reduce emissions and improve efficiency. More importantly, the said turbo mills use a different, flat-four configuration instead of the traditional flat-six, making the Boxster the first Porsche sports car to use a four-cylinder in several decades. The facelift also brings a name change to the lineup, with the Boxster to be sold as the 718 Boxster from now on.

Although new to the Boxster, the "718" denomination isn’t new to Porsche. The Germans used the same nameplate for a lightweight sports car built between 1957 and 1962. The fact that Porsche decided to revive the name with the Boxster is no coincidence, as the 718 also used four-cylinder engines. On top of that, the original 718 was quite a successful race car, winning the Targa Florio, European Hill Climb championship, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (class win), so it’s natural for the automaker to want to exploit its motorsport heritage.

The 718 name will also be used for the Cayman once the coupe gets its update, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the revamped Boxster in the review below.

Update: 05/21/2016: We’ve made a new video highlighting the Porsche 718 Boxter. Press "play" to check it out.

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2016 Porsche Boxster Black Edition

2016 Porsche Boxster Black Edition

Since it redesigned the Boxster for the 2013 model year, Porsche has released a couple of cool versions of its compact roadster. The GTS arrived for 2015 with more power under its belt, while the Spyder came for 2016 as the most powerful Boxster ever built. Now, Stuttgart is rolling out a special-edition model that’s not about unbelievable horsepower, improved lightness or race-bred underpinnings, but a unique exterior appearance Johnny Cash himself would have loved to be photographed with. Meet the Porsche Boxster Black Edition.

If you’re familiar with the latest Boxsters crafted by Porsche’s Exclusive division, then you already know what the Black Edition is all about. Special paint, optional headlamps and wheels and a handful of optional features added as standard. It might not sound like much given Boxster can be customized like never before, but the Black Edition sports that specific look you’re not likely to find in a dealership. Keep reading to find out what makes it special.

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2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Having already showcased the track-focused 2016 Cayman GT4 and 2016 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche used the 2015 New York Auto Show to unveil the Boxster Spyder. The nameplate returns after a four-year absence as the most powerful and quickest Boxster.

The 2010 Boxster Spyder was first launched at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show as a roadster that took inspiration from the 718 Spyder of the 1960s. Essentially identical to its standard sibling from the waist down except for "Spyder" badging, side skirt stripes and lightweight wheels, the Spyder ditched the Boxster’s conventional soft top in favor of a manually operated canvas top. The design also included a pair of roll-over hoops behind the seats, a feature that also harks back to the open-top race cars of the 1960s. Porsche’s aim with the Spyder was to offer a lighter and more powerful Boxster that would sit above the then-range-topping S model. By removing various convenience features and adding a stiffer suspension on top of a 320-horsepower flat-six, Porsche built what would soon become a modern classic.

Can the new Spyder live up to its predecessor’s cult status and does it have what it take to stand out in a lineup that also includes the 911 GT3 and the Cayman GT4? Read on to find out.

Updated 04/15/2015: Porsche dropped a new promo video for its Boxster Spyder, which explains why the car can be described as "unfiltered". Enjoy!

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2016 Porsche Boxster GT4

2016 Porsche Boxster GT4

Porsche has received a lot of criticism in recent years for not letting the Boxster and Cayman models live up to their potential. It’s a well known fact that in order to protect the iconic 911, the Germans have been keeping their entry-level models from becoming too powerful. Fortunately, that’s about to end once the current Cayman receives its mid-cycle update in 2016, as the mid-engined coupe is set to receive a GT4 version similar to the GT3 package the 911 has had since 1999. As 2014 comes to an end, there’s more good news coming from Stuttgart, in the form of what appears to be a GT4-spec Boxster. While Porsche has yet to confirm such a roadster is underway, a new Boxster prototype that surfaced in Germany suggests the drop-top sports car could be in for a similar update.

We should find out more about that in the first half of 2015, but if the Boxster GT4 is indeed on its way, it is likely to arrive in dealerships for the 2016 model year as the most powerful and most track-focused Boxster yet. Meanwhile, read on to find out what we know so far about the roadster that’s set to climb above the GTS as the range-topping Boxster.

Updated 12/16/2014: Based on the recent spy shots, we created a rendering for the future Boxster GT4. Check it out after the jump.

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2013 - 2015 Porsche Boxster

2013 - 2015 Porsche Boxster

Porsche has spent years working on the 911, but while that might be its ultimate sports car, the Boxster is one of its best sellers. When the Boxster debuted in 1997, enthusiasts first saw it as a disgrace to the Porsche name, as it was smaller and not as powerful as the iconic 911. The second-gen Boxster hit the market for the 2015 model year with a light nip-and-tuck job on the exterior and a huge overhaul on the inside. In 2013, the third-gen Boxster arrived with another evolutionary change to the body and a revised cabin. This look carries into the 2015 model year with only minor changes.

The Boxster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman, are now an accepted part of the Porsche family. In fact, some enthusiasts consider them better driving than the 911, thanks to their mid-mounted engine, as opposed to the 911’s rear-mounted unit.

This belief that the Boxster may be a better driver was only compounded with the release of the GTS model for 2014. This model gained 20-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management and the Sport Chrono package. Oh, and I almost forgot that the GTS gained an extra 35 horses and 7 pound-feet of twist to go with its better handling.

Updated 07/03/2014: Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 2015 Boxster which is now on sale. Changes include new exterior colors, new two-tone leather and a series of new options.

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2014 Porsche Boxster S in Riviera Blue by Porsche Exclusive

2014 Porsche Boxster S in Riviera Blue by Porsche Exclusive

The age of customized and personalized vehicles is alive and strong. In fact, many manufacturers have taken this route to ensure a level of uniqueness for their customers. One such automaker is Porsche, and judging by how it spruced up this Boxster S in a sparkling in blue, you can tell that the German automaker’s Porsche Exclusive program is doing quite well on its own.

There aren’t a lot of wholesale changes made to this Boxster S to make it look completely new. On the contrary, it’s full of subtle modifications that all add up to an incredible visual treat, the kind that customers will definitely want to get their hands on.

The Porsche Exclusive options fitted into this sports roadster includes a the new Riviera Blue paint job that is nicely complemented by doses of black on the exterior mirrors, the headlight cleaning system covers, the rear side air intake grilles, the "Boxster S" graphics on the doors. All these new trimmings were specifically modified to give a smooth blue-and-black look to the Boxster S, and yes, they do bring out a new level of sporty aggression to the baby Porsche, don’t they?

There is a handful of other upgrades to this particular Boxster S, details of which you can check out after the jump.

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2015 Porsche Boxster Four-Cylinder

2015 Porsche Boxster Four-Cylinder

Well we know it is coming, but we finally have the first solid, rolling evidence of the new four-cylinder Porsche Boxster.

Our spy photographers have captured a new mule doing the rounds at the Nürburgring. While there are no visual cues that this taped up convertible is only running on four-cylinders, our spies report that the exhaust note was anything but the traditional flat-six wail the usually exits the rear of the Porsche.

While there have been some rumors that the upcoming four-banger Porsche may be using a more traditional in-line design engine than a flat-four setup, our spies were only able to catch it for two laps, so there was not enough listening time accurately gauge the engine note.

Beyond the engine note, this appears to be a fairly standard Porsche Boxster with some tape and sensors collecting loads of fancy data for the German engineers to salivate over.

If you ever really doubted all of Porsche’s plans to bring a four-cylinder car to market, this should finally put all those doubts to rest. We may even get shots of the new four-banger Cayman soon as well.

Expect to see a full announcement before the end of the year, with an on-sale date early in 2015.

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2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

The Porsche Boxster S and its hardtop twin the Cayman S are formidable sports cars with a capable engine, well-engineered transmissions, and enough track presence to out maneuver a majority of its competition. However, Porsche is pushing for more with the introduction of the souped-up GTS version of each car.

The GTS package simply brings more good stuff to the table. More power from the 3.4-liter flat-six engine, better handling thanks to revised suspension components, and a unique exterior appearance separating the GTS version from the less S models and lesser base Boxster and Cayman cars.

Diving into the details of the Boxster reveals an added 15 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque, bringing the total to 330 horses and 273 pound-feet. Porsche’s Sport Chrono package and Active Suspension Management (PASM) come with the package as well. Dynamic engine mounts, selectable damper stiffness, and throttle response are all modified at the push of a button. Put everything in sport mode, and a PDK-equipped Boxster will hit 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. For those who’d rather row their own gears, Porsche is offering the six-speed manual in the GTS, though its performance suffers a few tenths. Also optional are carbon ceramic brakes along with Porsche Torque Vectoring, the latter of which utilizes the brakes and a locking differential to control how torque is applied to the ground.

Separating the GTS from the lesser Boxsters are a number of GTS badges, including one on the headrest of the Alcantara-appointed sport seats. Like other GTS models, Alcantara is heavily used. The steering wheel, headliner, and center console are all covered in it. Blacked-out 20-inch wheels are unique as well as they match the subdued headlight surrounds.

Updated 03/24/2014: Porsche unveiled a new video showing the new Boxster GTS in action. Enjoy!

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2013 Porsche Boxster S RED 7

2013 Porsche Boxster S RED 7

Until now, the new-generation Porsche Boxster hasn’t had a special edition released, but the first one has been announced today and it comes from Netherlands. This special model is called Red 7 and, as you probably have guessed it by its name, it is all about the color red and will be limited to only seven units.

The model has been designed by Porsche Exclusive Course and features a very cool Indian Red exterior paint combined with matte Platinum on the hood and trunk lid. The interior combines very cool black leather with Guard Red inserts and a special "personally built for 7" logo. Each customer will also get a matching protective cover and a coffee-table book with photos of the production process.

The new Red 7 will also be offered with a sports suspension that lowers the car’s ride and a sports exhaust system.

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2013 Porsche 3800S by RUF

2013 Porsche 3800S by RUF

German tuner, RUF Automobile, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated 3800S kit based on the thelatest-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The kit includes both exterior and engine upgrades and it is available now.

Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.

Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.

The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.

Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.

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2013 Porsche Boxster S "SP81-R" by SpeedART

2013 Porsche Boxster S "SP81-R" by SpeedART

With so many Porsche programs being released recently, German tuner SpeedArt isn’t keeping quiet because, lo and behold, they have their own newly revealed package for the mighty little rocket of the Porsche line-up, the Boxster S.

The program is actually a new take on the tuner’s SP81-R program and it comes with a comprehensive aerodynamic package. There’s a new lower front spoiler that makes the Boxster’s front profile look like it’s ready to eat you alive. A diffuser section for the rear bumper has also been added, as was an elevated wing that attaches itself to the stock wing fitted on the Boxster. There are also new clear-coated carbon fiber side sections for the doors and air intakes and finally, a new set of 20" or 21" Multi-piece Light Spoker Competition forged alloy wheels to round out the exterior modifications. Inside, SpeedArt kept the upgrades in check, opting only to finish the carbon with healthy doses of fine leather and Alcantara.

Then there’s the power upgrade, which, if you think about it, isn’t much. The addition of a performance exhaust system with manifolds, sports catalysts and silencer with twin 100 mm tailpipes, and an optional damper system nets the Boxster S an increased output of just 20 horsepower and 14 lb/ft of torque. All told, the SpeedArt SP81-R program provides the Porsche roadster with 335 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque, an increase from the 315 horsepower and 266 lb/ft of torque output of the stock Boxster S model.

UPDATE 11/27/12: SpeedArt has released a new batch of photos of their SP81-R program for the Porsche Boxster S, including some comprehensive shots of the sports car’s interior. Check them out in the gallery below.

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2013 Porsche Boxster by Techart

2013 Porsche Boxster by Techart

Where there is SEMA in America, there is the Essen Motor Show on the other side of the Atlantic. Europe’s biggest aftermarket auto show will play host to some of the best auto tuners in the continent, one of which is Techart.

The noted Porsche tuning specialist will be on hand at Essen to present their latest program, involving the new Porsche Boxster roadster.

The program only covers exterior, interior, and aerodynamic modifications, leaving some questions as to the probability of an engine upgrade coming at a later date. TechArt doesn’t appear to be too keen on revealing anything regarding the possibly of engine mods, but the Porsche tuner did drop the details on their new aero kit for the Boxster.

The most noticeable styling changes include the development of a new carbon fiber kit and exterior color options. The former, in particular, carries new components like a two-piece front spoiler with integrated splitter, an elevated rear wing, diffuser pieces, mirror casings and decorative trims on the side air vents.

The program will also have a new TechArt sport spring kit, effectively lowering the Boxster’s ride height by 30 mm at the front and 20 mm at the rear. From there, the tuning company also added its own sport tailpipes to go with a new sound muffler and a sport exhaust system with valve control. A choice of two wheel options round out the exterior changes, giving customers the opportunity to pick between a new set of 21" Formula 5-spokes light alloy wheels or 21" Formula III 5-spokes forged light alloy wheels.

Moving to the interior, the German tuner is offing a pretty extensive range of new and individual options, including a full leather interior with decorative stitching and a carbon fiber inlay package. A new 3-spoke sport steering wheel will be fitted in, as are new paddle shifters, instrument dials, floor mats, door entry guards, aluminum foot rest, and aluminum sport pedals.

UPDATE 11/11/12: TechArt has revealed new details and photos of their latest program for the Porsche Boxster. Read up on the updates above and check out the new photos in the gallery below!

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2013 Porsche Boxster Turbo

2013 Porsche Boxster Turbo

Porsche’s plans for building a baby Boxster were unceremoniously put on hold when the company decided that the current generation wouldn’t appreciate a smaller sports car. Having the baby model put aside for the time being left many wondering what vehicle would take its place. A smaller Boxster is out of the question, but what about a Boxster Turbo instead?

Milanno Artworks took to the drawing board after this revelation of sorts and came up with this image of what a Boxster Turbo could look like. The rendering shows off a redesigned front bumper following the Turbo philosophy from other Porsche models, Turbo-style side intakes that have Turbo styling as well, a carbon fiber bumper, LED daylights, black wheels, black mirrors, and a black windshield frame. The interior looks to have received different elements in Piano Black, brushed aluminum, and Alcantara.

Considering the current Boxster S features a 3.4 liter flat-six engine with 315 HP, it would be cool to see around 350 HP shooting out of a Turbo model.

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