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Porsche Boxster

Does bigger mean better for Porsche’s third-generation Boxster?

29 April 2008

What is it?

A special edition Boxster S, designed to commemorate Porsche’s racing past, specifically the 718 RS60 Spyder from 1960, and indeed only 1960 of these will be sold worldwide.

This special Boxster costs £5500 more than the standard car. For that you get a rather natty all-red interior, and other flourishes such as standard 19-inch alloys, a lower chin spoiler and that all-important commemorative plaque on the dashboard.

Porsche hasn’t forgotten performance upgrades. The RS60 gets standard stability control, normally £1030, and a sports exhaust system; a button on the dash releases another 8bhp from the 3.4-litre flat six as well.

What’s it like?

Just like a normal Boxster S, which means that it is one of the world’s great open-top sports cars. Steering, performance and sure footedness make it feel sublime on British roads. Even if these days you do detect a hint of chassis wobble compared with the best soft-tops.

Do you feel that extra 8bhp, though? Not really. Although the naughtier exhaust note at low revs is extremely welcome and you soon find yourself leaving it in a lower gear than is strictly necessary.

Should I buy one?

It all depends how much you want the special edition. It’s a brilliant car, but with a few cosmetic exceptions you can specify all of its good bits on a normal Boxster S. That’s probably what we’d do.

Chas Hallett

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28 April 2008

[quote Autocar]

It all depends how much you want the special edition. It’s a brilliant car, but with a few cosmetic exceptions you can specify all of its good bits on a normal Boxster S. That’s probably what we’d do.

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I think that buying the special edition is better in financial terms. Specifying all the good bits found on RS60 will even up the prices, but when the time will come to sell your Boxster you can make more money on the limited edition - it is more desirable. Hence, I do feel that the RS60 is quite good value for money.

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