The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster is the Thing of Dreams 4

From our earliest days of riding third row in a secondhand minivan, we’ve been addicted. Addicted to that otherworldly roar that heralds its presence. Addicted to pressing our faces against the window for a better look. And addicted to how that same window is left shaking in its wake. You see, for us, a Porsche isn’t just a car—it’s an unstoppable force that has fueled a lifelong obsession. Buying one isn’t the sign of a life in turmoil, but of one that’s finally arrived.

So, the quick answer is yes. And the question doesn’t even need to be asked. The brand-new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster is more than worthy of your asphalt aspirations. And with various parts sourced and carried over from the 911 Turbo, 911 Carrera and the previous Boxster S, it’s literally everything you’ve ever wanted in a Porsche.

We got our first look at this beautiful, mythical creature mashup at Ken Garff Porsche in Lehi—a facility that looks like it was designed by Porsche itself for itself. The staff there shares the same lifelong passion we do, and many of them drive the same cars they sell every day. Needless to say, it felt less like a dealership and more like a club, and we all got quickly carried away discussing the finer points of the new 718—like its magnetorheological transmission mounts (a word spellcheck won’t even recognize).

But none of that really matters. Because all you need to know is that the new 718 Boxster is quicker, faster and more powerful than its 2016 predecessor. Even significantly so. Porsche recently timed the new 718 Boxster S around the famed Nürburgring circuit at 7 minutes, 42 seconds—16 seconds quicker than a comparably equipped, track-optimized Boxster S.

In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that practically every aspect of the 2017 seems to be a marked improvement over previous iterations. Even the base model raises the bar for future endeavors. One turn behind the wheel is all it takes to shatter any doubt that Porsche may have compromised this iconic convertible in any way. But then again, was there any doubt to begin with? This is, after all, a Porsche—even its lug nuts are hand-stitched to perform.

It’s a terrible thing to waste a lifelong dream. Lucky for all of us, Porsche makes it worth the wait.