Porsche 718 Boxster Rent in Dubai
The Porsche 718 Boxster Rent in Dubai sublime driving dynamics, punchy turbocharged flat-four engines, classic styling, and quickly folding soft top make it one heck of a sports car—one that we regularly add to our annual 10Best Cars list. Its low center of gravity and brilliant suspension give it tenacious grip in cornering and unflappable handling that together make even novice drivers feel like Steve McQueen. Most versions ride almost gracefully, enough to make the Boxster a comfortable daily commuter. It’s not great for grocery runs, however—what with a small rear trunk situated atop the engine compartment and another tiny cargo box in the front trunk. But that’s no different than most sports cars, and if you pack lightly, the Boxster can work for weekend getaways. It’s certainly a head turner—that is, if you can slow down for long enough to give passersby a chance to gawk.
Last year’s optional sport-exhaust system is now standard across the Boxster range. Porsche’s Car Connect system—which provides remote vehicle-status updates, remote services, and vehicle tracking—is also now included as standard. The famed Boxster Spyder returns for 2020 with a 414-hp flat-six engine.
Although we enjoyed having a Porsche 718 Boxster Rent in Dubai in our long-term test fleet, it carried an $81,630 price tag, and to be quite honest, it was loaded up with goodies we could live without. We’d still go with the more powerful S model for the extra performance and equipment, such as bixenon headlamps, LED taillights, two USB ports, and cross-drilled brake rotors with red calipers. We’d be careful with options, as Porsche’s long list of extras can balloon the price of the Boxster to astronomical levels—or at least to levels rivaling a base 911. We find much performance value in the adaptive suspension and the torque-vectoring, mechanically locking rear differential; heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control all seem like reasonable additions and should help extend top-down motoring into the crisp fall months.
The Porsche 718 Boxster Rent in Dubai is available with either a 300-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four-cylinder engine (base model), a 350-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four (S model), or a 365-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four (GTS model). All three engines come standard with an excellent, satisfying six-speed manual gearbox, but can also be equipped with Porsche’s clairvoyant seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Unsurprisingly, the highest-powered GTS model with the automatic transmission managed a brisk 3.6-second run from zero to 60 mph in our testing. The base and S models are certainly no slouches at our test track, though, with 4.4- and 4.3-second results in that same test, respectively; both of those models were tested with the six-speed manual.
The Porsche 718 Boxster Rent in Dubai handling and steering prowess are the characteristics that most inspire our affections. The mid-engine layout helps the Boxster feel balanced and stable through corners, while the brilliantly communicative, firm steering reacts quickly and accurately to even small inputs. Both Boxster models corner as if the tires were smeared with Gorilla Glue. Extras such as Porsche’s adaptive damper system and an available torque-vectoring rear differential may help improve handling even further, but even base-spec Boxsters behave precisely the way we want them to, even (perhaps especially) when pushed hard.
The turbo 2.0-liter flat-four and six-speed manual that make up the 718 Boxster’s entry-level powertrain are rated by the EPA to earn 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Stepping up to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic earns buyers 1 mpg extra in each category but ordering the S or GTS model slightly reduces fuel-efficiency ratings. We’ve tested both a base Boxster and a Boxster S on the highway, and both models outperformed their respective EPA ratings by an impressive 4 mpg.
The Porsche 718 Boxster Rent in Dubai interior has a little more plastic than we’d typically expect in a car that costs nearly $60,000, but more leather is available at the relatively reasonable price of $500 for an instrument-cluster cover, center-console lid, and door-panel trim pieces. The Boxster’s two flimsy, dash-mounted pop-out cupholders reveal their Teutonic disdain for driving with beverages—Germans don’t drink their Nachmittagskaffee while they drive, after all—and won’t be helpful if a full venti latte is onboard.
We’d usually complain about a mere two USB ports, but with only two seats in the car, the Boxster gets a pass. There’s also a standard CD player for drivers who prefer their audio in high fidelity. Navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay are all available, but Android Auto is still not available in any Porsche.
The Chevrolet Corvette is the only car in this class that comes close to having a truly useful cargo hold, but the Boxster and the fixed-roof Porsche Cayman at least offer the flexibility of both front and rear cargo compartments. One carry-on suitcase fits in the trunk and two fit in the front-trunk (frunk). In-cabin storage is seriously lacking, though.
Without ratings from crash-test agencies, we can’t judge how safe the 718 Boxster would be in a crash. Some driver-assistance features are absent, but we’re at least glad of the standard backup camera and parking sensors. Key safety features include:
- Standard front- and rear-parking sensors
- Available automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring
Porsche 718 Boxster
Vehicle Type: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3
Power: 414 hp @ 7600 rpm
Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension, F/R: struts/struts
Brakes, F/R: 15.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc/15.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
F: 245/35ZR-20 (95Y) N1
R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) N1
Wheelbase: 97.8 in
Length: 174.5 in
Width: 71.0 in
Height: 49.6 in
Passenger Volume: 49 ft3
Cargo Volume (front/rear): 5/4 ft3
Curb Weight: 3263 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.4 sec
100 mph: 8.2 sec
1/4-Mile: 11.8 sec @ 119 mph
130 mph: 14.5 sec
150 mph: 21.5 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 187 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 141 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 276 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.03 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 21 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 29 mpg
Highway Range: 490 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/18/24 mpg