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The Porsche Boxster S is an astonishing car. Faster than ever but just as capable on the handling front.

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8 March 2012

What a cracking-looking car! Love the side vents and the rear's profile, and the Boxster's headlamps make all the difference - IMHO the front-end looks less flat and awkward, nor do the headlamps seem too far apart, compared to the new 911. Overall the Boxter's now much more handsome than the 911 drophead - and its engine is in the 'right place'.

And it's capable of approx 35mpg on a long-run! (IME, a car's official combined mpg actually equates to real world touring mpg).

Who, apart from badge snobs and snap-oversteer fetishists, would choose a 911 convertible instead of a Boxster?

8 March 2012

[quote Autocar]New look[/quote] You mean "new wheels". The rest is as before. Since its inception the Boxster hasn't changed at all, the same as the 911. People on the street know this, bought and paid for minions like Greg Kable and Autocar appear not to.

8 March 2012

Really struggling to see the 'extravagant new look' but as with the previous car, it's preferable to a 911 to me. New one sounds good to drive but I'm still waiting to be convinced by electric steering. Maybe this is the car to do that. One objection though, it uses the same engine as the base 911. Only here they restrict it to 311bhp, the 911 gets 345bhp. An 'RS' boxster, even if it only had the slowest 911's 345bhp, would be the best car porsche makes. And that's why they're never going to make it. What a croc!

8 March 2012

[quote The Special One]You mean "new wheels". The rest is as before. Since its inception the Boxster hasn't changed at all.[/quote]

You mean "new post." The rest is as before. Since your "inception" your posts haven't changed at all.

8 March 2012

[quote 6th.replicant]Who, apart from badge snobs and snap-oversteer fetishists, would choose a 911 convertible instead of a Boxster?[/quote] As a 911 devotee, and looking for a replacement vehicle later this year, this is likely to appear in my garage before the 911 cab. It's half the price in the US, but with 8/10ths of the 911 experience? And its specification is equal to or exceeds that of many of the earlier 911's I have owned. As a day to day driver in a sunny climate, I can't help but feel this is a better value proposition than the 911. Looking forward to the test drive.

8 March 2012

Genuinely bowled over. Think it looks fab in every respect. And the detailing too is great - take a look again at that close-up of the door handles flowing into the side flanks. Definitely now on my register as one to get my mitts on just as soon as a chance comes along.

8 March 2012

[quote Autocar] you could argue - at the risk of upsetting the legion of 911 fans - that it is now the most complete model Porsche produces.[/quote]

.... until the next Cayman comes along.

In reality though, rose tinted specs aside, the Boxster S from any generation has been more complete than it's equivalent 911.

As good as this car is though, like the new 991 911, it too also appears to have lost a little of it's character over the old model.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 March 2012

[quote TegTypeR]As good as this car is though, like the new 991 911, it too also appears to have lost a little of it's character over the old model.[/quote] Would you care to elaborate on that 'Teg'. Not saying I disagree, just not seeing whatever it is you see?

8 March 2012

[quote The Special One][quote Autocar]New look[/quote] You mean "new wheels". The rest is as before. Since its inception the Boxster hasn't changed at all, the same as the 911. People on the street know this, bought and paid for minions like Greg Kable and Autocar appear not to.[/quote]

Yup, you're absolutely correct - the new Boxster looks no different... Smiley

8 March 2012

Nice looking car! - Not sure I'd have ever had said that about a Porsche. Not normally my cup of tea.

No, looks exactly the same..... :P

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