Porsche Announces 718 Boxster and Cayman Style Editions

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague
porsche announces 718 boxster and cayman style editions

Porsche is a brand for car nerds. There is no legitimate need for 1,700 variations on the 911 every year, but we get them, and people buy them before they even leave the factory. The 718 Cayman and Boxster have also had their fair share of special editions over the years. While they are nowhere near as common as “special” 911s, it’s not hard to find them, and Porsche just announced a new 718 variant to add to the stable. 

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman Style Edition cars get unique exterior trim, available exclusive colors, and special interior touches. Porsche also throws in more standard equipment with the upgrade and offers a six-speed manual as standard. The Style Edition cars’ powertrain carries over from the 718 and 718 T, which includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 300 horsepower. 

The “style” part of the Style Edition comes from the exclusive Ruby Star Neo paint color, which looks to have rolled right off the set of the new Barbie movie. It’s a re-imagination of the Ruby Star color featured on the 964  911 Carrera RS, giving the car an unmissable presence. If the pink is too much for you, don’t worry: Porsche says the car is recognizable as a Style Edition, even without the bright paint. It gets 20-inch wheels with painted center caps, black tailpipe finishers, and silver Porsche lettering.

Added standard features include bi-xenon headlights, cruise control, Apple CarPlay, a parking sensor system, and more. Porsche equips heated seats and dual-zone climate controls and says that the car’s black leather package comes with “crayon” accent stitching. The regular options catalog is available as well.

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  • Arthur Dailey Reading the brochure I cannot remember driving or riding in a Mark IV or V that did not have dual power front seats and dual lit vanity mirrors. I do miss body side molding, rub strips and cut pile carpeting. The HVAC system on these and many other higher end domestics of the 1970s and early 1980s was superb. You could open up the windows and the sunroof in extreme cold temperatures, turn up the heat and drive around comfortably without a coat. The A/C was probably powerful enough to cool down one of the current 'micro condos' being sold in Toronto as livable space. Regardless of the size of the opera windows, if you were claustrophobic you would not enjoy the back seat. It was cramped and you had minimal visibility in any direction from the back seat. The trunk if you had a fullsize spare had minimal storage space but was deeply carpeted. As much as I appreciate this series and Corey's writing, I still vehemently disagree with the looks of the Mark IV versus the Mark V. As much as I appreciate the Mark V, i still believe that the more horizontal/angular looks of the Mark IV are superior.
  • MaintenanceCosts I don't believe a single Mark V was made with what I would see as the correct configuration: steel roof, AstroRoof, and the 460. The steel roof was first-year-only and appeared to be specified only on very basic cars.
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  • RHD The Skoda Enyaq is priced at 34,600 Euros in Germany. If Skoda would like to dip their toes in the water at the other side of the pond, now would be the time.
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