TG drives the Porsche Boxster S
Can the King of the Roadsters grow up without selling out? We headed to the Black Forest to find out...
Posted: 10 May 2012
Another 911 carry-over is the new electro-mechanical steering. Yes, it's a grail of efficiency, cutting CO2 and increasing mpg by margins that far outweigh its complexity (it can save up to a litre of fuel every 600-ish miles, apparently), but, according to Porsche, ‘negative or unnecessary influences are filtered out'. Now the steering is precise, light, accurate and... a touch insensate. It is no doubt ‘better' by measurable parameters, but the algorithm that decides upon ‘unnecessary influences' is a bit keen, filtering out chunks of information I'd have preferred to process myself. Again, I'm not sure a car as small and sporty as the Boxster really benefits from having a few nerves severed, even if you do get some ‘unwanted' or ‘unnecessary' tingles now and again. There's even Power Steering Plus on the options list, with Super-Extra Assistance below 31mph for city driving. Which says a lot.