Even faster than its manual sibling, the Boxster GTS 4.0 PDK is one of Porsche’s most usable, fun cars. It feels perfectly sized for USA roads and handles superbly, and the dual-clutch automatic gearbox doesn’t take away an emotional appeal that the regular four-cylinder Boxster simply cannot match. With near-supercar performance and a well-finished cabin, this car looks a bargain, even at just under $121,690.
- Air Conditioning
- Audio Interface
- Automatic Headlights
- Auto Start/Stop
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- BOSE® Surround Sound
"So, you want a six-cylinder," Porsche seems to be asking rhetorically as it reinstates a screaming, naturally aspirated flat-six into the 718 Boxster and Cayman lineups after switching exclusively to turbo-four power starting for 2017. "How about the most powerful, highest revving one ever?"
HIGHS: Screaming flat-six, phenomenal manual transmission, near-GT4 performance.
It started with the 414-hp, 8200-rpm 4.0-liter flat-six in the top-dog Cayman GT4 and Spyder. The 2021 GTS 4.0 models that will arrive at the end of 2020 get a nominally detuned version that makes 394 horsepower and revs to 7800 rpm. But the difference is corporate pecking-order stuff: This Boxster, a German-spec 2020 model, shot to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 12.0 seconds flat at 118 mph. That's no slower than the Spyder we tested, and just a tenth slower than the GT4. In fact, a second GT4, which recently beat the Corvette in a head-to-head comparison, went a tenth slower. Pro tip: You can't feel any difference in thrust between the two.