Is the Porsche Boxster fast?

All Porsches are objectively fast, but compared to some other super/sports car brands, they are not all that fast, especially the Boxster/Cayman models. Furthermore, dynamically the Boxster/Cayman platform is really impressive, especially in the handling department.

The fastest Porsche Boxster model is the 718 Boxster Spyder, with a 0-60mph of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 301kph (187mph). The slowest Boxster model is the entry-level 718 Boxster with a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds, and a top speed of 275kph (170mph).

It’s fairly safe to say that the Boxster is a fast car, but compared to some 911 models like the Turbo S with its 320kph (199mph) top speed, and a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds, they are not as impressive. But only a few cars out there can match the 0-60mph time of a Turbo S model.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The entry-level Porsche 718 Boxster is using a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that’s pumping out 300hp and 380 Nm of torque. Peak power is achieved at 6500 RPM, peak torque is available at 2150 RPM.

A 0-60mph of 5.1 seconds is if the car is equipped with a manual gearbox, if you opt for a PDK version, the 0-60 time drops below 5 seconds, 4.9 to be exact. The entry-level 718 Boxster achieves a quarter-mile time of 13.2 with a PDK gearbox or 13.4 with a manual gearbox.

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If you want the fastest version of the 718 Boxster, you also have to option out the Sports Chrono package, and the quarter-mile time drops to 13 seconds. Even the entry-level Boxster is capable of a 13 second quarter mile time, so yeah, a Porsche Boxster is indeed fast.

For a spot of context, a limited-edition track-focused V8-powered supercar, the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale does a quarter-mile in a similar time, the Lamborghini Countach also has a comparable quarter-mile time.

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

If you move up a few models, a Boxster GTS is quite a bit faster thanks to a naturally aspirated 911-sourced flat 6 engine with 400hp, and 430Nm of torque if equipped with a PDK, or 420Nm is equipped with a manual gearbox.

Peak power is achieved at 7000 RPM, and peak torque is achieved at 5500 RPM. The Boxster GTS uses a naturally aspirated engine, and that’s why the peak power RPM range is higher. A beloved characteristic of a naturally aspirated engine is the fact that you have to rev it out to reach maximum power.

The top speed of the Boxster GTS is 293kph (182mph) if equipped with a manual, if you opt for the PDK gearbox, the top speed is around 5kph(3mph) slower. The Boxster GTS has an impressive quarter-mile time of 12.1 if equipped with a PDK, or 12.5 if equipped with a manual.

For a spot of context, a 715hp Aston Martin DBS Superleggera GT car with a top speed of 340kph (211mph) has a quarter-mile time of a few tenths of a second faster compared to the Boxster GTS. So yeah, the Boxster GTS is indeed really fast.

Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

The best, most powerful and most desirable 718 Boxster model is the new Boxster Spyder. The Boxster Spyder also offers a 911 sourced flat 6 naturally aspirated engine with 420hp and the same torque figures as the Boxster GTS.

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Maximum RPM torque is also achieved at 5500 RPM, but the maximum power is achieved at a higher 7600 RPM. The higher top-end power figures of the Boxster Spyder enable a 301kph (187mph) top speed for both the manual and the PDK version.

A 0-60mph time with a PDK gearbox is 3.7 seconds, a manual Boxster Spyder takes 4.2 seconds to reach 60mph. The quarter-mile time of the Boxster Spyder is 12 seconds if you opt for the PDK, or 12.4 if you opt for a more engaging manual transmission.

For a spot of additional context as to how fast the Boxster Spyder is, the 0-60mph time of a 2012 V10-powered Audi R8 mid-engined exotic supercar is also 3.7 seconds. The extremely desirable limited-edition track-focused convertible Ferrari F430 Scuderia 16M also has a 3.7 0-60mph time. So yeah, the Boxster Spyder is indeed really really fast.

FAQ Section

What is the fastest Porsche model currently for sale?

The fastest current Porsche models are the 911 992 turbo Models. The ‘’entry-level’’ Turbo offers around 570hp, a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds, and a top speed of 320kph(199mph). The most expensive Turbo S model is the fastest current Porsche model for sale.

The Turbo S reaches 60mph in a blisteringly fast 2.5 seconds, and it keeps on going until it reaches 330kph (205mph). The Turbo S recorded a consistent quarter-mile time of 10.1 seconds. A 770hp half a million dollar V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador SVJ takes 10.4 seconds.

How does Porsche manage to be so fast?

The 911 Turbo S is indeed one of the fastest production cars on sale right now. And even the 991 generation Turbo S is capable of a quarter-mile time of 10.3 seconds. This because Porsche has virtually perfected the 911 platform.

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A rear-engine configuration enables the car to achieve maximum traction on the rear axle, and the incredibly sophisticated PDK gearbox enables lightning-fast shifts. Even the extremely limited multi-million dollar 918 Spyder is not far off the 911 Turbo S.

What are the fastest cars ever?

Even though a 911 Turbo S is extremely fast, it’s nowhere near the fastest cars on the planet. Back in 1993 McLaren reached a 386kph (240mph) top speed with the legendary McLaren F1. The record was unbeaten until Bugatti pulled the covers of the Bugatti Veyron in 2005, and the Veyron reached a 407kph (253mph) top speed record.

In 2010 Bugatti set a new record with the Buggati Veyron SuperSport at 429kph (267mph). In 2014 Hennessey showed up with the Venom GT, and a new 434kph (270mph) top speed record was set. In 2017 Koenigsegg set a 445kph (277mph) record which was later beaten by a Buggati Chiron travelling at a ridiculous 489kph (304mph).

Marko Mikulic

Why do you love writing about cars? I love writing about cars as cars are a huge personal interest of mine. I was raised in a car enthusiast community and ever since I was young, I always wanted to do car-related work.

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