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The 2012 Porsche Boxster offers a rare combination of emotional satisfaction and objective performance, proved by its stats sheet and its behind-the-wheel feel.
Shaped of curves with classic Porsche lines and modern roadster proportions, smooth and tidy, with just a hint of race car, the Boxster is undeniably comely, and has aged well. The interior, on the other hand, begs for the leather upholstery upgrade over the base cabin's plastics.
Turn the left-hand-mounted ignition and the Boxster awakes with a characteristic flat-six growl, hinting at the 255 horsepower and 5.6-second 0-60 mph runs that await--in base trim. Opt for the Boxster S and those improve to 310 horsepower and 5.0 seconds. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a Boxster Spyder--new last year--you'll get 320 horsepower and 4.9 second figures.
Whichever you choose, however, you get the same great chassis, capable of neck-stretching grip and lightning-quick direction changes, together with excellent steering and brake feel. Despite the cornering prowess, however, the Boxster doesn't upset with its ride quality.
Inside, the seating is surprisingly well-formed, tight where it needs to be and roomy where it matters. The base seats are well-bolstered, but the optional sport seats are better, while any configuration offers good legroom.
Standard power accessories, Bluetooth, a CD player, and more are standard, while optional upgrades include navigation, leather and aluminum trim, and ventilated seats among others. Opt for the Boxster Spyder and you'll be deleting most of this in order to add lightness.
Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have rated the Boxster's crashworthiness, but standard dual front and side airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, plus rollover protection and optional parking sensors, the Boxster offers a solid package of active and passive measures.
- Inspired handling
- Evocative styling
- Strong acceleration
- Total cover for man-machine bromance
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- Less than abundant storage space
- Wind and road noise is high
- Fiddly sound-system controls