2024 Porsche 718 Boxster Road Test: Let summer season driving begin

2024 Porsche 718 Boxster Road Test: Let summer season driving begin

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- There are a lot of ways to mark the beginning of summer. The first time the temperature crests 80 degrees. The first time you jump in the pool. Maybe it's your first round of golf on a sun drenched afternoon while sipping a seasonal beer, like an Oberon ale. For me, summer 2024 started Thursday at 9:07 p.m. Eastern Standard Time when I walked out of my house, dropped the top on the Porsche 718 Boxster and took off for a joyride in the still-balmy air.

Eleven minutes past sunset, the Boxster Style Edition -- clad in metallic blue paint with gloss white wheels -- proved too enticing. It’s the quintessential sports car with pitch perfect handling and curvy yet proportional styling. The 718 is an exercise in good taste and balance, providing the most tactile and linear steering feel, direct brakes and more than enough power, 300 hp, to blast around town in the gathering darkness.


While the driver engagement and stylish looks are certainly in evidence, the soundtrack of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder and cacophonous exhaust create an aural sensation that empties the mind. Like this Porsche, which maintains its balance and composure though nearly every maneuver, my brain completely cleared while behind the wheel.