The ‘981’ Boxster would have been a hard car for those who presided over Porsche in the 1990s to conceive. First, the model is no longer the cornerstone of the firm’s profitability. Secondly, with more power, better looks, sharper handling, improved comfort and added practicality, it feels like a money-no-object attempt to better a brand best-seller with a minor masterpiece.
Potentially, the only chink in the armour is that the bottom line or, more specifically, the manufacturer’s willingness to flagrantly embellish on it, means that the Boxster’s reputation as the most affordable way into a Porsche is arguably less prominent than it might have originally been.
Nevertheless, that shouldn’t put you off buying one if your funds are sufficient. The entry level may have moved north but the Boxster’s potent range of abilities, particularly those with goose bumps hot-wired to them, has swollen in tandem.