For all its benefits, there was always going to be downside to adding a turbo and removing two cylinders from the Boxster. It’s not the throttle response, which is impressive for a turbocharged engine, but the noise. To some the fact the Boxster now sounds like it’s trying to do a Subaru impression will matter very much, to others not at all. To us for whom the voice of a flat-six Porsche engine at better than 7,000rpm is akin to music from the Gods, it is a considerable pity.
Just as well then that Porsche has improved the car in other areas over which there can be no contention. The Boxster always did have the best chassis in the class, and now it’s been improved further. Better, because the engine is so much stronger, it gives the chassis far more work to do, a challenge it takes up with relish. When the Boxster was unveiled 20 years ago, it was very much a Porsche-lite, a junior stepping stone to the bigger, faster, proper, 911-shaped Porsche you really wanted. Now it has progressed so far, the standard Boxster has half as much power again and point to point speed that 20 years ago you’d have needed a fully fledged supercar to match. Most importantly and for two decades, if you wanted a two seat roadster to indulge your love of driving, a Boxster was always the best thing you could buy. And while you can argue both for and against the new engine strategy, it does nothing to upset that essential status quo.
Price tag of our car £50,695 (718 Boxster S)