Meet the ancestors: Porsche Boxster

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Feature 21 November 2012

The Porsche Boxster has been one of our favourite roadsters since the original car launched. But has time been kind to it? We pitch it against the Mk1 Boxster against the very latest model to find out.

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The simplicity of the older

1 year 49 weeks ago

The simplicity of the older one appeals to me.

Who knew the modern one was such good value

1 year 49 weeks ago

I am struck by how affordable the new model is in comparision to the Boxster in the mid-1990's. Really, there is no reason not to buy one. 

"Honey, we're going new car shopping... "

£10k? Try £5k!

1 year 49 weeks ago

Okay, you have to put up with almost 100k mileage, but the fact that the Boxster S can now be had for £5.5k makes it even more of a bargain!

http://www.torquingpoint.com/news/7495/2nd-hand-spotlight-the-5k-porsche-boxster 

Ignorance

1 year 49 weeks ago

Would journos from a specialist art publication anglicise/mispronounce artists' names - eg, Ingres, Titian, Gauguin? No.

Would journos from a specialist music publication anglicise/mispronounce composers' names - eg, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven? No.

Would journos from a specialist cinema publication anglicise/mispronounce actors' or directors' names - eg, Pacino, Depardieu, Bunuel? No.

So why do Autocar journos - with the exception of Andrew Frankel - insist on anglicising/mispronouncing Porsche? Sorry, but to do so is gormless and ignorant.

Nice vid, BTW. 

 

Pors-che

1 year 49 weeks ago

I am with you 6th.replicant.

It is not that difficult: Pors-chE.

BTW, it is Buñuel not Bunuel.

Is it me?

1 year 49 weeks ago

Is it me or does the test driver only just look old enough to drive?, i had a Boxster in 2005,but decided it looked too much like a girls car,and the ride was too hard for our crap,pot holed roads. Got a Audi A4 3.0 Quattro sport,(petrol). Black with black heated leather, That was a nice car !    

Pors-che also

1 year 48 weeks ago

I agree with Nurvo and 6th.replicant. It seems to be specific to German brands. All journo's get the pronuciation of Peugeot and Renault correct and I remeber them being at pains to pronounce Cinquicento and Countach correctly in the past but when it comes to Porche or Volkwagen, they can't be bothered.

Give over

1 year 47 weeks ago

6th.replicant wrote:

Would journos from a specialist art publication anglicise/mispronounce artists' names - eg, Ingres, Titian, Gauguin? No.

BMW is anglicised. So is VW, Mercedes-Benz, Braun, Siemens, Kärcher, Loewe, Krups, Vaillant, etc. etc., not to mention towns like München and Köln. It is really not anywhere near as big a deal as you're making out.

Tomato, Tomato. Porsche or Porsche

1 year 44 weeks ago

Sorry guys, I don't buy the criticism of the pronunciation of the name.
I reckon you can anglacise it, or attempt the original, both are fine. Whether it's Porsche, Bee Em Vee, Merchedez, or Siemens.
The Porsche 986 Boxster - the best convertible ever made....in Finland.  (In Valmet, next to the SAAB convertible production line)

Great series, folks.  Keep it up.  And yes, the Boxster is enormous value for money, no matter which age it is. 

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