Porsche doesn’t disappointBy Simon Donohue
May 23, 2008
This is the Porsche which proper men aren’t supposed to like, but I couldn’t get enough of it.
For a shade under £40,000, the Boxster S provides you with all of the precise Teutonic style that you’d expect of the marque and performance to match.
You don’t get the neck-breakneck pace of more extreme versions of the more exclusive Porsche 911, or the track-ready rattle and rumble of something a little less refined, such as a Honda S2000 or Lotus Elise.
Instead, the Boxster S presents access to the upper echelons of motoring in a car which is versatile enough to serve as a daily driver.
Settle down to the weekly shop, using the dashboard mounted suspension and performance settings, and the Boxster can actually be a relaxing car to drive. Even the boot is a decent size.
There are only two seats – no room for the kids and I can think of little better for well-heeled retirees and affluent singles who couldn’t care less that other drivers think they’re flash.
Park the shopping bags, opt for the settings that you’d choose during a track day and your super shopping cart instantly becomes a sports car.
Cool, cosseting, exciting and practical aren’t necessarily words you’d expect to use in advance of phrases like hairdresser’s car, entry-level and not rich enough to buy a 911, but they apply all the same.
And then there’s the beautiful deep thrum of that fabulous 3.2-litre Boxer engine in the Boxster S (the straight Boxster comes with a 2.7-litre engine) and the just-right movement of the six-speed manual gear box.
The Boxster sounds especially good when the roof is down it takes mere seconds and is the perfect accompaniment to a day of sunshine driving down a country lane.
Most of all, it’s the way it looks, a perfectly-balanced bonnet and front-end held together by the bubble of cabin which sits almost precisely in the middle of the car’s body.
It fits around the body like an oversized and extremely comfortable training shoe and makes one feel pretty special.
It certainly doesn’t feel much like a budget buy.
The Porsche range has grown rapidly in recent years. Purists will buy a 911 every time. People who like nothing better than exclusivity will opt for the somewhat incongruous 4X4 which is the Porsche Cayenne.
The latest arrival in the Porsche garage is the half-way house which is the Cayman, a fixed-roof stop-gap between the Boxster and the 911. Sitting at the bottom of the stack is the ‘gentry level’ Porsche Boxster, with a few extra pounds buying the S version.
Would you be disappointed if you bought one?
Someone successful enough to buy the cheapest Porsche, but not rich enough to buy a ‘proper’ one?
Would you ’eck.
Model: Porsche Boxster 3.2 S
0 to 62mph: 5.4 secs
Top speed: 169mph
Insurance group: 19
Emissions: 254 g/km
Consumption: 26mpg (combined)