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a modern interpretation of the classic Porsche look
Kelley Blue Book
in an effort to add masculinity, the new face is dominated by snortier air inlets
styling modifications have been minimal
the layout is logical
Editors at TheCarConnection.com are big fans of Porsche styling—and you can see it at its best on the 2009 Porsche Boxster. The overall look is elegant and purposeful.
On the exterior, the 2009 Porsche Boxster is pure Porsche. According to Edmunds reviewers, the "2009 Porsche Boxster sports car comes as either the basic Boxster or the massaged, pricier Boxster S," though they "are visually similar except for the additional center front grille opening, red brake calipers and dual exhaust outlets on the S." Motor Trend notes that "in an effort to add masculinity, the new face is dominated by snortier air inlets and headlamps that each get two round beams arranged diagonally like a 917 race car's to impart a more menacing mien." Edmunds reports that base and S-model Limited Edition trims are "basically a retro paint theme with orange paint covering the exterior and parts of the interior." The new Special Edition is offered only in Carrera White with black upholstery, light gray striping, and a gray convertible top. Fewer than 50 Special Editions will be built.
Kelley Blue Book reviewers are also pleased to note "styling carries over from the subtle, but effective muscular enhancement of the fender lines that debuted in 2005." Autoblog says "styling modifications have been minimal, with updates to the front fascia and LED headlamps." Even without those updates, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show universal approval of the exterior styling of the 2009 Porsche Boxster. The classically styled Porsche Boxster "is a roadster designed to be the 'spiritual descendant' of the 356 Speedster and 550 Spyder," surmises Cars.com, and "features large side and front air intakes and a front end that shares a lot of traditional Porsche styling cues."
The interior of the 2009 Porsche Boxster is as fabulous as the exterior. Edmunds reports that "the array of interior controls, especially the audio and climate control systems, can be initially confusing." ConsumerGuide affirms that sentiment, allowing that although "the layout is logical" on the Porsche 2009 Boxster, the "audio and climate systems are governed by too many undersized, look-alike buttons." ConsumerGuide says the "racy design" of the interior "puts the tachometer appropriately dead-ahead on the instrument panel." Kelley Blue Book calls the interior "a modern interpretation of the classic Porsche look—notably the instrument panel."
The 2009 Porsche Boxster certainly looks like a Porsche—which is a pretty spiffy thing to say.