Drive – Porsche Boxster Review

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Missing the of some rivals

Manual could be shorter

Go shopping for a sports car and the Boxster is the most on the market. The two-seater shares cues with the legendary 911 but is its own with a more traditional layout rather than the configuration that defines the

Like the 911, the Boxster was updated with an all-new fresh interior and revised Code-named 981, it’s the change to the pure-bred sports which has previously won Drive’s Convertible category in our annual Car of the awards.

With this latest the Boxster also looks distinctive, with more-upright prominent lines flowing to the side air intakes and a more tail characterised by a wing bleeds into the tail #160;

Price and equipment

and trinkets have never high on Porsche’s list and no different with the Boxster. no smart-key entry, for example, advanced technologies such as or blind-spot warning aren’t available as an option.


too, is a relative term. The sells from $107,500 and you can many thousands more on


The Boxster comes the basics, including leather a touchscreen with satellite-navigation, climate-control airconditioning, rear sensors, Bluetooth and cruise


There’s also a circular colour screen to the of the instrument cluster allowing such as the satnav or phone to be displayed independently.


comes courtesy of pop-up bars, stability control and six (front and two on each side for side protection).


The powerful, better-equipped S costs

Under the bonnet

With the new car a new engine that’s dropped in from 2.9 to 2.7 litres. Peak for the Boxster has risen 7kW, to 195kW. It’s brisk being potent. Low-rev is only adequate, but the excitement as revs rise.

There’s a to the power delivery across its rev range and just when people will be ready to gears it’ll happily towards its 7800rpm cut-out.


And with the engine just behind the occupants greater access to the distinctive snarl that is never but always there as a reminder driving something special.

But in toying around with gears one wonders if shorter may better suit the base Second gear is good for 120km/h and the car feels as though shorter gearing could with improving punch and the car to be revved out legally in more just first gear.

It may not be helped by a slight reduction in torque, from 290Nm to It’s largely offset by a weight reduction of 25 kilograms Boxster S is up to 35 kilograms lighter) to a body that’s now 46 per cent There are only six gears to with (the new 911 gets a manual) but it’s a beautifully driver-friendly gearbox that for precise shifts and accuracy.

Those wanting an auto can pay $5300 for the seven-speed twin-clutch The so-called PDK transmission also for smarter acceleration; use the optional control system and it can get from 0 to in as little as 5.5 seconds, whereas the is claimed to hit the same benchmark in 5.8

How it drives

Boxsters have loved corners and it’s no with the 981. New electric is beautifully weighted and constantly the driver of what’s going on at level. That’s indicative of the generally, with a tactility makes it an extremely engaging


Grip from the tyres is superb and the Boxster is balanced in bends, sitting and responding quickly to inputs the driver. But the Boxster doesn’t to be driven like a race car to be It’s also happy more mundane driving and copes well with imperfections and challenges.

One of its highlights is its to cope with bumps, settling and preparing for whatever next.

Comfort and practicality

As a two-seater the Boxster does a job of pampering its occupants with headroom and legroom. Seats are and impressively supportive and the cabin is more upmarket than any before it, with elegant finishes and softer, more plastics.


Storage isn’t generous inside, though. a small compartment for some and a shallow, covered centre as well as flip-out pockets in of the doors. But once you’ve a phone, wallet and other and ends in there you’re to the glovebox for the rest.


luggage storage is far more and great for a sports car. As as a small boot at the back a deeper hole under the


Removing the roof is with the press of a button; it no has a separate, manually operated It takes just nine and can be operated up to 50km/h. An automatic deflector keeps unwanted out of the cabin.

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