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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
the layout is logical
styling modifications have been minimal
Editors at TheCarConnection.com are big fans of Porsche styling-and you can see it at its best on the 2010 Porsche Boxster. Classic styling and a basic interior show the 2010 Boxster's strong connections to its sports car heritage. Clean lines and flowing curves look like they have sprung to life from the designer's table.
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is instantly recognizable as a Porsche. Edmunds notes that the Boxster and Boxster S "are visually similar except for the additional center front grille opening, red brake calipers and dual exhaust outlets on the S." An all-new model, the Boxster Spyder, ups the performance ante this year, as a more hardcore, lightweight performance version above the Boxster S, and it picks up an appearance package, including unique graphics to distinguish it at first sight.
Motor Trend argues that the Boxster has been designed to "add masculinity" to the car's previous shape, with "snortier air inlets" and headlights that resemble a "917 race car's." Kelley Blue Book reviewers welcome the continuation of the 2005 update that brought a "subtle, but effective muscular enhancement of the fender lines." Autoblog calls styling changes over recent years "minimal."
Even without major updates, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show near-universal appreciation of the exterior styling of the 2010 Porsche Boxster. The Boxster "is a roadster designed to be the 'spiritual descendant' of the 356 Speedster and 550 Spyder," says Cars.com, and its "large side and front air intakes and... front end" exhibit many "traditional Porsche styling cues."
In typical Porsche style, the Boxster's interior can be tweaked and tuned to fit almost any individual's style. A wide range of finishes, materials, trims, and themes can be chosen or designed by the buyer.
Edmunds, however, notes that due to complex controls "the audio and climate control systems can be initially confusing." ConsumerGuide agrees, pointing out that although "the layout is logical," the 2010 Boxster's "audio and climate systems are governed by too many undersized, look-alike buttons."
Once you get past that minor hitch, however, ConsumerGuide says the interior's "racy design" puts the all-important rev-counter "appropriately dead-ahead on the instrument panel." Kelley Blue Book adds that the interior can be seen as "a modern interpretation of the classic Porsche look-notably the instrument panel."
The 2010 Porsche Boxster ties modern styling with classic Porsche cues for a very successful end result.