Porsche 718 Boxster review - was swapping two cylinders for a turbo a good idea? - Ride and handling

Dynamically superior to the previous Boxster, its problems lie in the engine bay.

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  • Superb balance, traction and feedback all with that distinct Porsche polish and poise
  • Characterless engine not up to the high standards of the rest of the package

Ride and Handling 

Thankfully, the change of engine has not marked the Boxster’s world-leading chassis, in fact the 718 carries through a cross section of welcome improvements, cementing its position as the most sorted handling sports car in the class. Driven hard, the Boxster's exceptional balance comes to the fore, allowing you to goad the car almost pathologically though complex sections of road with supreme confidence.

The EPAS system may not be chock full of granular feel, but it is supremely accurate and does its bit to translate when the chassis loads up in bends giving you yet more insight into the inner workings of what is going on underneath you. When in sport mode, or when fitted with the optional lowered sports suspension, the Boxster’s body control improves further, keeping you entirely locked into the road surface and avoiding the subtle floating sensation you can get when on taller tyres.

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Porsche’s typically superb brakes also play a role, with a short pedal travel and a perfectly judged ABS system, giving you the ability to really lean on the middle pedal without feeling like the car is getting away you. The various suspension and chassis options can make subtle differences to the way the Boxster drives on the road, but the sheer competence of the basic chassis always shines through during the driving experience. 

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