- Mileage: Delivery
- Transmission: TipTronic
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Engine Size: 2706
- Interior Colour: Carrera red
- Exterior Colour: White
- Body Style: Convertible
- Seats: 2
- Service: Full service history
- Reg date: 2013/3
- DEPOSIT TAKEN
- Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
- Wind deflector
- Electrically folding exterior mirrors
- Floor mats
- Bose Surround Sound System
- Bi-Xenon Headlights with PDLS+ with dynamic high beam
- Natural leather interior
- ParkAssist front and rear
- 19-inch Boxster S wheel
- 2-zone automatic air conditioning
- ISOFIX for passenger side
- Sports seats, electrical (14-way) with memory package
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Preparation for mobile phone with Bluetooth
- Roll over bar in exterior colour
- Engine Power 265 bhp
- Top Speed 162 mph
- Acceleration (0-62mph) 5.7 seconds
- CO2 Rating (g/km) 180 g/km
- Average MPG 36.7 mpg
- Urban MPG 26.6 mpg
- Extra Urban MPG 47.9 mpg
- Boot capacity - seat up 280 litres
The engine is smaller than the 2.9 used in the outgoing base Boxster, but is pretty much as powerful – 261bhp and 206lb ft outputs represent a 9bhp rise and 8lb ft drop – while being a good chunk cleaner, CO2 emissions falling to 192g/km (180g/km if you spec the PDK twin-clutch gearbox) and the claimed fuel economy topping 36mpg.
Dynamic options include carbon ceramic brakes, active suspension management and ‘power steering plus’, but we’d keep things relatively simple. PTV – Porsche torque vectoring – includes a mechanical limited-slip diff while the £1473 sports exhaust system seems pricey, but does sound excellent.
The fitment of stop/start and electro-mechanical power steering tells you a lot about how the Boxster has transformed compared to the mk2. Like the991-generation Porsche 911, it’s a more rounded and environmentally conscious version of what’s gone before, and it immediately feels more refined and easy to get along with. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.
Its fine mid-engine, rear-drive balance makes for a car you can confidently drive quickly from the off, and unless you kill the electronic driver aids, it feels next to foolproof. Grip from its 265-section rear tyres is abundant, and the 2.7-litre engine – which provides brisk rather than brutal pace – rarely troubles them. You need to keep the flat-six on the boil and its revs high for this base Boxster to feel fast, but that’s hardly a chore. Something especially true with the sweet six-speed manual of our test car fitted – it’s better than the 911’s seven-speed transmission, and remains our choice over PDK’s slightly cold sophistication.
As an all-round proposition, the Porsche Boxster is still very hard to beat. A comparable Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4 or Mercedes SLK isn’t anywhere near as fun, while the Nissan 370Z Roadster and supercharged Lotus Elise S – two cracking rear-drive rivals – are far from as polished, the latter especially requiring practical sacrifices the Boxster doesn’t even know about. Closer to home, the 311bhp, 3.4-litre Boxster S starts at £45,384.
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