The other day I didn’t have much going on, so I called up my buddy. He asked if I wanted to go drive the new 718, and I thought about it for a while.
I thought about the Boxsters I’d driven in the past, and wondered whether this new creature with two less cylinder but one more turbo could measure up to the simple open-top pleasure I’d felt in previous generations. So I said yes.
After arriving and enjoying some unexpected free lunch, I was mingling with the instructors, looking for some tidbits on the 718 from the people who’ve arguably spent the most time in the car to date. Of course it handles fantastic, but what about the sound?
Does it sound like a Subaru? One instructor smiled at me and looked around before whispering, “It’s like a high-end Subaru engine…” I can’t for the life of me imagine what a high-end Subaru engine might sound like, but I try, is it like a classy burble?
Imagination aside, the car handled the autocross with ease, turning in with exceptional precision and even displaying a drop of predictable understeer when pushed past the limit.
Here’s two videos each with POV and pure exhaust footage from each car.