There must be very little doubt that the Porsche Boxster is the best handling convertible any five figure sum of money can buy.
While the delivery of its performance is merely preferable to that of any other car in the class, when talk turns to pure handling ability, it blows everything else that even most the imaginative of minds might conceivably describe as opposition into oblivion.
The starting point is a structure so stiff – despite that wheelbase extension – that all the usual talk of compromised rigidity is utterly redundant. Unless you decide to go off-roading in your Boxster, there is no apparent penalty for its convertible configuration at all.
You expect a mid-engined car to generate buckets of grip because its major masses are all centralised within the wheelbase. What is less easy to predict from a configuration designed to lower the polar moment of inertia is that such a car should offer also handling that is not only neutral but also relentlessly forgiving.
The limit is high, high enough to be beyond the reach of most sane people on most dry roads in the UK most of the time. Body control is outstanding, good enough to question the wisdom a spending a near four figure sum on Porsche’s PASM active suspension management.