2012 Porsche Boxster Review

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Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.

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.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
2012 Porsche Boxster 2-Door Roadster

AWESOME CAR, NEEDS MORE POWER

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GREAT CAR, THE INTERIOR IS SMALL, I DO NOT KNOW HOW TALL GERMAN FIT IN IT. ONLY COMPLAINT.
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Friday, July 15, 2016
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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