The Boxster was Porsche’s first road vehicle to be originally designed as a roadster since the 550 Spyder from the 1950s. Making its world debut in 1996, the name Boxster is a combination of the words that conceptually define this car– “boxer” for its horizontally opposed engine and “roadster” for its two-seater, convertible configuration. Thanks to a mid-engine layout, the Boxster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman are said to deliver near-perfect balanced handling that many consider superior to the iconic Porsche 911. While Porsche’s sport models are capable of delivering some of the purest driving experiences on the planet, at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference.
We visited the Lifestyle Motors showroom to feast our eyes on the new-generation Boxster, where we snapped a few pictures and asked a few questions, just before the car was sold. Like the new 911, the new Boxster now rides on larger wheels– in this case 20-inchers fill the wheelwells. Overhangs have been shortened and the windshield has been moved further forward, while the wheelbase and track have been increased, resulting in a flatter overall stance. These changes should improve the Boxster’s already stellar handling. The overall weight of the car has also been reduced, and in combination with the new electric power steering system, helps to make this generation of Boxster models up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient.
Naturally the powerplants have not been left alone. The base model’s 2.7-litre flat-6 engine delivers 265hp– ten more than the outgoing model while the Boxster S now has a 3.4-litre unit making 315hp up by five ponies. For our market they will receive the 7-speed PDK double clutch gearbox or an optional 6-speed manual. For the best numbers, the PDK-equipped cars are the quickest and least thirsty. The base Boxster manages 0-100km/h (62mph) in 5.7s, while the S model takes just 5s flat. In terms of fuel consumption, they are rated at 31 and 29mpg, respectively. The optional Sport Chrono Package adds PTV or Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical rear differential locking.
The rear of the car has also been updated with the retractable spoiler now being elegantly integrated into the bodywork as a design element. The convertible top is now fully automated, eliminating the need to manually lock the hood in place. The interior has also received a full update that makes you feel like you are in the cockpit of the Carrera GT. Unfortunately for us, this particular unit was already sold and as such we were unable to take it for a spin. We did see a demo of the launch control system though, and those numbers seem very accurate. The new Porsche Boxster starts at around TT$900K, nicely equipped. The specifications of each car affect the price significantly, so visit Riyad at Lifestyle Motors to discuss your Porsche options.