Since its launch in 1996 the Porsche Boxster has been the benchmark for high-performance roadsters. Each successive update has only built on the abilities of this fast and agile roadster. The engine is at the back but unlike the 911 it is in front of the rear wheels making it much easier to balance the chassis. The latest Boxster is lighter than ever ensuring the responsive handling is thrilling.
The 981 generation Boxster introduced in 2012 was a major revision. A new smaller engine produces a little more power and greatly improves fuel efficiency and emissions. The chassis was improved further and the styling was also sharpened up. This is one Porsche that won’t be easily mistaken for an earlier model.
The Porsche Boxster is well put together and the fabric roof is well insulated, keeping wind and road noise down to acceptable levels. The flat-six engine is quiet when cruising but becomes pleasantly vocal when pushed making this a car suited to both high-speed cruising and twisty back-road fun.
The 981 Boxster’s styling reflects that of the 918 hybrid supercar and the interior is equally stylish. While there isn’t much storage space inside the cabin the two luggage areas (front and rear) give a surprising amount of practicality for a sports car. Porsche’s only problem with this car is trying to justify why you should spend so much more on a 911.