Porsche gets 2 in Top
11 10. I’m more of a Cayman fan as the shape is great and mid-engine, but great stuff from Porsche, again! Make mine white!
This marks the 12th year the Boxster has been with us, but the model is such a natural Porsche that it feels as if it has been around since the days of the 356.
Although plenty powerful, with either 245 or 295 mid-mounted horsepower ready to thrust it forward when the driver flexes his right foot, the magic of the Boxster—and any Porsche—is in its balanced handling and sublime control responses. Turn the steering wheel to carve the Boxster into a corner, and it responds immediately and accurately while telegraphing the car’s behavior directly to your fingertips. Squeeze the brake pedal, and the Boxster scrubs speed in perfect proportion to your pressure on the pedal. When you shift gears, you can almost feel the teeth meshing in the transmission. Making a sensitive driver smile is what the Boxster is all about.
And while doing so, the Boxster (and its Cayman hardtop sibling) offers practicality that is rare in a pure sports car. Its cockpit is comfortable and roomy. Its top is power-operated and fast-acting. And it has twin trunks with more than enough space to accommodate a couple on vacation. That makes for a combination of pleasure and functionality that’s hard to resist.
VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door roadster or 3-door hatchback
BASE PRICE: $46,660–$59,960
ENGINES: DOHC 24-valve 2.7-liter flat-6, 245 hp, 201 lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.4-liter flat-6, 295 hp, 251 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 5-speed auto with manumatic shifting, 5- or 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 95.1 in
Length: 171.6–172.1 in
Width: 70.9 in
Height: 50.9–51.4 in
Curb weight: 2900–3100 lb
FUEL ECONOMY:Car and Driver
EPA city driving: 18–22 mpg”
(Via Car and Driver January 2008.)