Porsche Boxster Review | 2012 Boxster S PDK

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Porsche Boxster Review | 2012 Boxster S PDK
Porsche Boxster

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Vehicle Style: sports convertible

Price: (PDK, plus on-roads)

Economy claimed: 8.8 l/100km | 13.5 l/100km

There’s an in the works at Porsche.

A few years some had the Boxster tagged as the car” of Porsche’s sportscar No way that appellation fits

The 2012 model is distinctly handsome and, with muscles and hair in places it not, it is certainly more

So, with brilliant handling, drivetrain and a tempting price, can the S really outdo the 911 for desirability? TMR was to the oven of the earth to Dubai to out.

Quality: At first the Boxster S appears to be a replica of its brother; some would it’s the same as the 911.

The wheel is identical, as is the centre both using beautiful highlights, and the same soft abounds, featuring on door dashtop and seats.

It doesn’t break any moulds for adventurism, but it really is a nice

Comfort: The optional 14-way sports seats are good giving good support the upper and lower back.

The position is superb – doubtful anyone would be in the Boxster – and despite the conditions of the Middle East, the was perfect.

Equipment: We had around of options added to our test car a Fiat 500 just in extras. there’s a seven-inch touch as standard, the PCM system was fitted, provides sat-nav and (an average) stereo.

The sat-nav also on the right-hand multifunction display in of the driver, in glorious high-resolution also shows G-forces Intent revealed? We think so.

The remains uncovered when There’s a reason: Porsche 12kg by not having a lid.

also a deployable spoiler automatically at speed, or by pressing a on the centre console.

Storage: In the Boxster there are two storage options: front or Under the bonnet is a narrow 150 while under the boot-lid is a 130 litre space – expect to take a week’s with you.

There are the cupholders, two tiny flip-out bins, and a small space the centre armrest for small

Driveability: The inevitable drive with the 911 won’t go away; and the new proportions have closed the gap on differences.

The wheelbase has grown by front track by 40mm, 18mm. The Boxster S is now also lower, and because the engine hanging out past the back (it’s located just the seats), the Boxster S is far more and neutral than the …-heavy

If you enjoy tickling the throttle and catch with the rear end cornering quickly, you’ll feel at home here.

the 911 always needs a kick in the the Boxster is much more brake late, turn in, throttle, feel the back to come out, a little and then use the throttle to adjust angle. Rinse and repeat.

This is thanks, in part, to the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which includes a locking diff. If there’s one you must have, it’s

With the Sport Chrono fitted, the Boxster S launches 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

The feel is superb. It’s not the telepathic, uninterrupted flow of you get from a Lotus, but it’s the Combined with a superb chassis, seat-of-the-pants driving is the of the day.

Refinement: Start the S on a cold day, and like all sixes, it rattles away quietening down when

Even in the searing heat of the Boxster S still started but when accelerating that only adds to the appeal.

left in full auto the PDK transmission fires off seamless shifts; take control the paddles and you can let it roar its head The shifts are instant zero up or down.

The top, that can be operated at up to stows in just nine

Suspension: The Boxster S has quite a ride given its handling While firm, it’s jarring, despite our test car fitted with optional wheels from the Carrera S.

The suspension employs a variation of the strut (combined with arms in both directions), an almost identical arrangement at the (only back-to-front). It works: the is brilliant handling.

Braking: the Boxster S only weighs it hauls up easily and arrow-true. Up 330mm discs sit under monoblock callipers; the 299mm discs also feature stoppers. Pedal feel is superb.

Porsche Boxster

ANCAP rating: Not

Safety features: The Boxster S PSM (or ESC).It also features ABS and six-airbags, including side and airbags, plus the inherent of simply superb road-holding.


Warranty: Two kms with a one-year optional

Service costs: Intervals two years; cost varies on kilometres.

BMW Z4 sDrive35is ($120,500) the Z4 is a great steer in an old-fashioned sit-over-the-axle sort of way, it hold a candle to the Boxster’s handling (see Z4 reviews )

TT RS ($139,400) It certainly sounds and goes like stink, but the TT RS pack the fun of the Porsche (see reviews )

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG ($155,050) an engine note to … the SLK is a sledgehammer to the Boxster’s scalpel. though, it’s not in the race and the looks old in comparison.

The price is the nail. (see SLK 55 AMG reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.


The latest Boxster S is an absolute hoot to It’s completely steerable on the or you can be disciplined and extract rapid-fire lap

For its superb sporting dynamics and drive, it wipes the floor its most logical competitors. and here’s the rub, it does the with its big brother.

The fact is the 911 S may be quicker in a straight line, but corners the Boxster S is pretty the equal. Throw in its more handling and the Boxster looks more promising.

And then you that the Boxster S is half the

Let’s say that again: two S’s for the same price as one 911 S. Porsche has thus created a big for itself.

The Boxster S really is good.

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