Understeer seems to be a thing of the past, the nose of the Boxster tucking in neatly and hunting hard for the nearest apex. In fact the turn-in is so sharp that, having just jumped out of a regular model, we found ourselves occasionally winding off a bit of lock mid-corner to compensate. Spend some time behind the wheel and that ‘problem’ soon dissipates though.
There’s little body roll to be detected either, the beefed-up anti-roll bars clearly doing their job. And with the rear so much stiffer the once rather neutral balance of the Boxster has undergone a subtle shift in priorities; where it once resolutely gripped, now - with provocation - the tail can be brought into play. Of course it’s still no drift machine, the mid-engined layout dictating that as much as anything, but its line is certainly more adjustable on the throttle than ever before.
The compromise comes on the road, or specifically our pothole strewn tarmac; on a typical B-road a PASM-equipped Boxster S may in fact be a little quicker. Those stiffer springs mean the Sports Chassis-equipped car has a tendency to get knocked off line earlier and you need to take a firmer grip of the steering wheel. It’s not particularly uncomfortable, but if you’ve already experienced a regular Boxster the difference is noticeable.
Should I buy one?
The answer to this lies wholeheartedly in your priorities. The standard Boxster S (preferably with the PASM adaptive dampers) is so good an all-rounder, with a chassis already offering sharp reactions, that this car requires some real commitment.
Venture towards a track and you’ll find it entirely worth it, where the sharper reactions will not only widen the performance envelope but bring lap times down as well. Try it once and we’re convinced that you’ll be hooked. For road use only it’s a different story, the addition of the Sports Chassis only any good for pub-bragging rights; the setup offers no real benefits on our roads over other Boxsters. Make the right decision for you though, and we’re sure you’ll never regret it.
Porsche Boxster S Sport Chassis
Price £46,400 (estimated); 0-62mph 5.1sec; Top speed 176mph; Economy 32.1mpg (combined); CO2 206g/km; Kerb weight 1350kg; Engine 6 cyls, 1339cc, petrol; Power 311bhp at 6700rpm; Torque 265lb ft at 4500rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic