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2011 Porsche Boxster S Review


Pure Driving Fun

By Alain Gayot

A three-quarterfront view of a Porsche Boxster S

In short: A fast, nimble and well built roadster.

The interior of the Porsche Boxster S
A rear view of the Porsche Boxster S

It took a while for Porsche to turn out the second generation of Boxsters. To the driver’s benefit it was worth the wait. A number of upgrades and significant improvements were made and the car feels more reliable all around. For one thing, you’re getting mid-engine road handling characteristics coupled with decent accelerations and impeccable braking. Sure the car is not for everyone due to its size, but once you fit in comfortably, it’s the best go-cart-like ride money can buy.

You may find a lot of similarities to the 911 in the newly designed and much improved interior. On the outside it feels more compact and with a more rounded edge than its predecessor. Our tester peaked at $61,640 from a base of $53,100 due to options such as the Tiptronic S transmission, a special lapis blue metallic robe, a Bi-Xenon headlamp package, heated front seats, upgraded 19” Carrera S wheels, a Bose surround sound system and the useful wind deflector. Just in case there is any confusion, the Boxster S is a rear-wheel drive and comes with Porsche’s PASM much-desirable suspension management system.

And remember you can store your petit cargo in the front and the back as well, for a grand total of 10 cubic feet. For long freeway rides with the top down you can do a lot better. But for sheer excitement and pure driving fun the Boxster S remains a quintessential element.

A side view of a Porsche Boxster S

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty with Roadside Assistance; ten-year rust perforation warranty.

Base Price: $53,100 /As tested: $61,480

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Vehicle type: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive,
2-passenger, 2-door roadster convertible

Engine: 3.2-liter flat-6
Horsepower: 280 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3,054 lbs
Wheelbase: 95.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 170.4/70.9/51 in
Turning circle: 35.8 feet

Brakes: optional four-wheel ceramic composite disc with ABS

Suspension: independent front and rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

front air bags, side air bags

0-60 mph:
5.2 seconds

Top Speed: 166 mph

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

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Photography: Walter Mladina

(Updated 07/03/13 NW)

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