2018 Porsche 718 Boxster vs. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster impresses with its new GTS variant, formidable engine, luxurious interior and improved transmission. But rivals often come from unexpected sources, and this year the Boxster faces off against the Camaro ZLI, the most powerful sports car ever to be offered by Chevrolet. Its platform components and earth-shattering performance make it a force to be reckoned with. Which one wins?

Design & Style

The Camaro is menacing yet retro in its appearance. Its design was inspired by the 1969 edition, with a dash that has been lowered to create more space. It is a sleek vehicle, with a roofline that is chopped, rear haunches that have been strengthened and roof pillars which sweep gracefully. The intake is large but the grille is quite thin. The Porsche 718 Boxster is a two-seater that will draw attention anywhere it goes. The lines have been sharpened, and overall the latest edition has a more muscular appearance than previous versions. The 20-inch wheels give it a look which is predatory. The interior, as expected, is designed with the best materials money can buy.

Technology & Safety

The Porsche 718 Boxster has extensive safety mechanisms designed to protect passengers at all times. These include a complete group of airbags, for every area of the vehicle, along with controls for traction and stability, rearview cameras, emergency automatic brakes and monitoring for blind spots. The interior amenities are equally extensive and expensive. These include connectivity for USB and Bluetooth, an audio system with six speakers, and touchscreens that are 7 inches. While the Camaro ZLI has many of the same safety features as the 718 Boxster, it lacks warnings for forward collisions, which is a major strike against it. Within the cabin, passengers will be treated to an infotainment system, keyless ignition, seats which can be power adjusted, AC, satellite radio, connectivity for USB and Bluetooth, and touch screens which are seven inches.


The Camaro ZLI is one of the few American sports cars that can contest the legendary 718 Boxster. It has a supercharged V8 that is 6.2 liter and capable of producing a mammoth 650 horsepower, enabling it to go from zero to sixty in around 3.5 seconds. By comparison, the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS, the more advanced version, can produce 365 horsepower with 317 pounds of torque; yet can go from zero to sixty in under four seconds.

The Bottom Line

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Camaro ZLI are both built for speed, and while the power and acceleration offered by the Camaro is considerable, it is mired by inferior outward vision, no warning system for forward collisions and the interior lacks the opulence that the Porsche has, so the 718 Boxster wins.

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