Fast Cars and Freedom: A Review of One Girl’s Joyride in a Porsche 718 Boxster

July 8th, 2016 by

Fast Cars and Freedom: A Review of One Girl’s Joyride in a Porsche 718 Boxster

By Megan J. Busch

I’m not a girl who knows a ton about cars. I’ve driven Jeeps all my life (as has my mother), and I really haven’t veered off that track—ever. So, I’ve teamed up with the group at Baker Motor Company to try new things, namely cars outside my norm. A few times each month, I’ll be driving one of Baker’s cars and letting you know what I think. This isn’t going to be a series of Car and Driver or Motor Trend reviews. It’s just a girl sharing her honest opinion about some nifty vehicles.

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This week, I took a joyride in a 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster around downtown Charleston (thankfully with no wrecks and no speeding tickets). You can probably imagine that after my 15-plus years of running the roads in a Jeep, the zippy power and luxury of the Boxster was like taking a kid who has only eaten carrots to an ice cream shop. I’m not necessarily saying I don’t like my Jeep, but this was definitely cooler.

Engine Power

Sometimes my Jeep lags—like, when I try to quickly jet out to the median on Savannah Highway, I press the gas, and it takes a second for the car to actually move. This is so far from the case in the Boxster. The roadster is fast, and it took no time for me to reach a desired speed. The turbocharged engine provides 300 horsepower at 6,500 rpms, and the Boxster can jet from 0 to 60 in a little as 4.7 seconds. I tried this on I-26, and while I didn’t actually count 4 Mississippis, I’m positive that I’ve never before hit 60 mph more quickly.

Handling

The Boxster is also low to the ground, and driving it made me think of this moment when I was a kid. My dad had purchased a go-kart for my brother and me. I remember feeling so in control of the tiny vehicle. I could sense every movement and propel the slight craft down our street with ease. Driving the Boxster reminded me a little of that experience (with a whole lot more luxury). In the Porsche, I could vividly feel the movements of the car as it turned off of the James Island Connector or rolled over downtown’s cobblestone streets, and although it had an automatic transmission, shifter paddles on the wheel allowed me to regulate when I moved between gears, giving me even more control in the driver’s seat. Overall, it handled beautifully, speedily, and smoothly.

City Streets and Weekend Getaways

I actually think the Boxster is the perfect city car—for both being in the city and getting out of the city. I parallel parked with ease, Charleston’s narrow streets were far from intimidating, and with its sporty sleek design, the car makes quite the impression when you arrive at your favorite downtown restaurant. Furthermore, the smooth leather sport seats that seem to conform to your shape were comfortable, so I could definitely see myself weekend road tripping in the roadster with my husband. For such trips or inner-city navigation, Porsche’s maps system was spot-on. The screen was as clear as my iPhone, the satellite followed my movements exactly, and the map popped up on my main dashboard so I didn’t have to avert my eyes from the road to follow driving directions. Add the Bose sound system, and the Boxster holds all the necessities for a perfect getaway.

Cool Factor

I would be remiss if I didn’t consider how utterly cool of an experience it was to drive down King Street with the top down in the sporty roadster. It was kind of hard not to grin when my hair was flying around everywhere (next time, I’ll bring a hair tie) and especially when I could hear the unmistakable deep rumble of the engine, which is perched just behind the two front seats in the Boxster. Certainly getting this text from a friend who was walking down Wentworth was a treat, too.

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Very Brief Concerns

I did have two concerns while driving, but as it turns out, Porsche had already addressed those. First, I couldn’t find a cup holder, which I thought was strange. However, the dual cup holders are actually subtly tucked into the molding of the passenger dashboard so that they don’t hinder the minimalist design of the interior. I just didn’t press the right button—oops. I was also a little concerned about the trunk space. Obviously, the Boxster is not supposed to be a family car, toting soccer balls or Pack’N Plays, but the trunk was tiny. With the help of the guys at the dealership, though, I found the secondary trunk in the front of the car (you know, where the engine would normally sit). With two trunks, there’s plenty of room for luggage or a hefty load of groceries.

Drawing Conclusions

Overall, the 718 Boxster was incredible to drive. It’s well-made, and the attention to detail that Porsche puts into each car is clearly evident. The vehicle is fantastic for a weekend getaway or for a jaunt around the city for two. It’s fun, it’s fast, and it brings with it and undeniable feeling of freedom.

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About this 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

Price: $72,000

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg

Exterior: Black

Interior: Standard Interior in Luxor Beige

Top Color: Roadster Top in Black

Features:

Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

19” Boxster S Wheels

Power Steering Plus

Navigation Module for Porsche Communication Management

Bose Surround Sound System

Connect Plus

Power Sport Seats (14-Way with Memory Package)

Premium Package Plus (Porsche Entry and Drive, Automatically Dimming Mirrors with Integrated Rain Sensor, Seat Heating, Seat Ventilation, 2-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Light Design Package)

 

To test drive the new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, stop by Baker Motor Company in West Ashley.