Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
The Porsche Boxster has come a very long way. The early 986 generation car featured a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-six pumping out 201 horsepower. 0-60 mph was a claimed 6.7 seconds by Porsche, but multiple magazines of the time managed times of 6 seconds flat. At the time the Boxster was the entry level Porsche with a large horsepower gap between the Boxster and the 911 to make sure the mid-engined Boxster didn’t step on the 911’s toes.
Fast forward to today and the the 718 Boxster is no longer the entry level model (that now belongs to the Cayman) and the base Boxster is able to launch from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The pinnacle of the 718 lineup (at least until a new 718 Boxster Spyder is released) is the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and this makes a huge jump in both performance and price over the base model.
The 718 Boxster GTS uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four engine to offer great performance. With the PDK transmission 0-60 mph can be reached in just 3.6 seconds. It wasn’t that long ago that a car that quick would be a full blown supercar.
The GTS may only have 15 horses more than the S model, but it included quite a few desirable options. These include the Sports Chrono Package and Alcantara trim.
Of course all of this performance comes at a price. The starting MSRP of the base 718 Boxster is $59,000. The top of the line GTS trim starts at $82,800. When fully optioned the price rises to just north of $100,000.
To put this in perspective the 1997 Porsche Boxster started at $39,980. Adjusted for inflation that would be $62,795 in today’s money. If fully loaded that same early 986 Boxster in today’s money would cost about $90,000.
At first glance $100,000 seems crazy for a non-supercar Porsche that isn’t a 911. However, for that money you get a balanced chassis with a lot of performance in more of a pure sports car package.
Add this with the fact that the adjusted for inflation prices of the 1997 Boxster are not too far off of what you would pay for a 718 Boxster GTS and you have what could be considered a performance bargain in the luxury sports car world. Sure the 718 lineup doesn’t have the same feel as the naturally aspirated flat-sixes of past generations, but the 718 Boxster and Cayman would be long gone while past examples where trying to keep up.
This is also good to keep in mind when someone tries to tell a Boxster owner that they just bought it because it is cheap. Sure it costs less than a 911, but someone that pays upwards of $100,000 for a car is not doing so because it is cheap.
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