First drive review: Porsche Boxster S
Lighter, more efficient and more agile, the new Boxster has arrived on UK roads.
What is it?
In a nutshell, the third generation of Porsche's ever-popular Boxster. The new car offers open-top driving enthusiasts a new generation of the benchmark roadster. Porsche says 'its mid-engined layout delivers renowned poise and balance combined with precise and agile handling'.
The Boxster boasts an all-new lightweight body, new flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, a completely revised chassis and evolutionary styling.
What's under the bonnet?
The mid-mounted power unit fitted in the Boxster delivers 264bhp from a 2.7-litre displacement - 10bhp more than its larger 2.9-litre predecessor. The 3.4-litre Boxtser S delivers 314bhp and can sprint to 60mph in 4.8 seconds.
What's the kit like?
Impressive, to say the least. The Boxtser features 18-inch alloys, auto stop/start and sports mode and prices start at £37,589. Boxster S adds 19-inch alloys, bix-xenon headlamps, and partial leather upholstery - with a starting price of £45,384.
You'll be spoilt for choice in this sector. Also from German are the Mercedes-Benz SLK and the BMW Z4. The Japanese Nissan 370Z is a more left-field choice but certainly worth a look.
Is it any good?
We're big fans of the Boxster and we were pleased to find this new car is an even more impressive package than the outgoing model. Out test car was the Boxster S and we revelled in the car's throaty engine note, slick seven-speed PDK transmission and weighty steering.
The Autoblog Verdict
We love it. Our test route took in a classic selection of twisting, turning B roads and our Boxster S was more than up to the challenge. The new Boxster is sure to be a hit. With the sun out and the hood down, there are few cars that are as much fun to drive.