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SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. — The only problem with the high-performance sports cars available today is that they can only be fully enjoyed on a racetrack. Exercising their speed potential is bound to build a collection of traffic tickets more quickly than junk mail, while exploring their cornering ability will likely result in a trip to explore wild and wonderful parts of the side of the road never envisioned by the engineers.

So here in a remote corner of a remote state, we had the rare opportunity to find the limits of both the driver and the car. Most drivers use about 25 percent of a car's handling capability, and even on the track, experienced auto journalists are only pushing to 85-90 percent. So maybe we’ve come close to the biggest thrill in owning a Boxster S — keeping it in check at the limit.

Porsche doesn't use the S designation lightly. They first used the "S" badge in 1952 for a 356 model with a then larger 1.5-liter engine. Perhaps the most famous Porsche "S" arrived in 1967, the legendary 911S that spawned the performance revolution that took the company from a quirky specialty brand to the racing powerhouse that it is today.

The new S takes the popular Boxster model and wrings even more gusto from it. A bore increase brings the engine to 3.2 liters. With a dual-resonance air intake, VarioCam variable valve timing and an electronic throttle, the S engine produces 250 horsepower (a 25-percent increase) and a strong 225 lb-ft of torque. The engine gets to 85 percent of its peak torque at just 2000 rpm, giving it great acceleration, not as much a bonus in straight-line work as it is in the curves.

The Boxster S also gets the six-speed manual transmission from the 911 Carrera, plus the larger, cross-drilled brake discs from that model, the calipers of which are painted red to become a design element, one that discreet owners may turn their nose to.

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2016 Porsche Boxster 2-Door Roadster GTS

Awesome Porsche

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One of the best handling cars on the road. The 3.4 liter normally aspirated engine sounds great. An all around driver's car: Good for every day use AND the racetrack just by pressing the "sport" button. I love... + More »
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Sunday, October 11, 2015
2015 Porsche Boxster 2-Door Roadster GTS

This Porsche creates the most fun I have ever had in a car.

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Great, unbelievable quality. Awesome sounding exhaust. PDK transmission is unbelievably efficient. Beautiful lines.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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World Class Sports Car

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Truly amazing car. The new generation Boxster does everything well. A free revving powerful flat six engine mounted amidship, a very tight suspension that glues the car to the road, supportive and comfortable... + More »
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