Porsche 718 Boxster Owner’s Guide

If putting the windows down in a Porsche 718 Cayman just doesn’t do it for you, then the 718 Boxster is what you need. It’s been hailed as the greatest roadster of all time because the overall package is very hard to compete with. Purists aren’t thrilled about the engine switch, but the Porsche 718 Boxster lineup is still a top option for top-down driving.

Ready to own a Porsche 718 Boxster in Austin? Check out this overview for a quick look at what it’s like. 

The Porsche 718 Boxster Model Essentials

The slogan of the new Porsche 718 Boxster model is “for the sport of it.” Engineers drew inspiration from the 718 racecars from decades ago to build a convertible that is ready to take on the roads of today. 


The four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine of the Porsche 718 Boxster may not sound the best, but the exemplary chassis makes it easy to tune out. There aren’t many convertible sports cars that handle as well as the 718 Boxster with its precise steering and perfect balance. It’s also pretty responsive when you push the gas. 

The Porsche 718 Boxster performance specs include: 

  • 2.0 liter turbocharged boxer engine
  • 300 horsepower (350 hp with the 718 Cayman S)
  • 0-to-60 in 4.9 seconds 
  • 170 mph top speed
  • Up to 280 lb-ft torque 
  • Up to 28 highway MPG
  • Resonance intake system
  • 2 catalytic converters
  • VarioCam Plus
  • Integrated dry-sump lubrication
  • MacPherson strut suspension with anti-roll bar
  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • SPORT mode
  • Variable turbine geometry (S model)
  • Custom turbocharger
  • Auto start/stop
  • Sport exhaust system
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 7-speed PDK manual/auto transmission (optional)
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)
  • Knock control
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)

Porsche 718 Boxster Pricing

The 718 Boxster isn’t cheap by any stretch, but it is one of the more affordable Porsche models. 

  • 718 Boxster starts at $59,000
  • 718 Boxster S starts at $71,400

Tech Features

This Boxster isn’t the 718 of yesteryear. It’s outfitted with technologically advanced features that make it thoroughly modern, although a number of them don’t come standard. One of the most notable advancements is a soft-top roof that can open and close in just 10 seconds. 

The new Porsche 718 Boxster is equipped with: 

  • Review camera
  • ParkAssist
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Dynamic beam function
  • Central Display Screen with touch display
  • Sound Package Plus
  • Porsche Communication Management system
  • Advanced Porsche Side Impact Protection System
  • Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus
  • Seat heating and ventilation
  • All-electric seats with 4-way lumbar support
  • BOSE surround sound system
  • Porsche connect app
  • Porsche Vehicle Tracking System
  • App connected navigation system
  • Hands-free Bluetooth
  • Internal hard drive
  • USB port
  • AUX input 
  • 2 SD card readers
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • Lane Change Assist (optional)
  • Porsche Active Safe system (optional)

Common Porsche 718 Boxster Maintenance in Austin

When you buy a Porsche 718 Boxster it’s easy to think maintenance is a long way down the road. That’s because you underestimated how much you’d be driving your Boxster. Between 7,500 and 90,000 miles there are 12 maintenance measures to keep your 718 Boxster in peak condition. Some of the earliest maintenance needs include:

  • General safety inspection
  • Hose and belt inspections
  • Brake check
  • Fluid level check
  • Oil change
  • Oil filter change
  • Tire rotation

The world’s best roadster deserves a maintenance plan that goes beyond standard. German Auto Center can create a custom maintenance plan for your Porsche 718 Boxster that will have you cruising smoothly through all four seasons. Give us a call to discuss how to get started. 

Porsche 718 Boxster Repair in Austin

Repairs happen. It’s an unfortunate fact of life for all car owners, even when you own a Porsche 718 Boxster. The 718 model is new enough and reliable enough that there almost no common repair problems. But the previous Boxsters can indicate a few things to watch out for:

  • Power windows not lowering
  • Faulty seatbelt wiring that triggers warning lights
  • Oil separator leak
  • Ignition switch failure
  • Leak in coolant reservoir 
  • Rear main seal oil leaks
  • Timing issues

There have been seven recent Porsche 718 Boxster recalls between December 2016 and July 2019. The most common issues are related to the airbags, which was the source of four recalls. 

You don’t have to wait in line at the Porsche dealership until the service station can get to your car. At German Auto Center our technicians can handle Porsche 718 Boxster service in Austin – and without the inflated dealer rates. Give us a call or come by the shop to schedule Porsche 718 Boxster repair, performance upgrades or maintenance.

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