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
For a good eight hours, I'm slightly confused by the New Boxster. It's a quandary. Now more than ever, it shouldn't be thought of as the entry-level Porsche, just the smallest. It has all the abilities and equipment of the bigger cars, in a smaller package. It suffers very little in comparison to its brethren. However, in becoming a sophisticate, it's overlaid some of its basic, innocent charm. But then I go for a last drive, just as the cloud is changing colour from grey to slightly darker grey, flip around a mountainside and find a view painted by Care Bears high on powdered extract of kitten. Condensed, chocolate-box panorama. The road falls away towards the sunset, a mix of hairpins and fourth-gear bursts, the trees green staves in the gold. And I stop thinking too hard and just drive. And you know what? The Boxster is still a terrific little roadster at the top of its game. The best, in fact. It just doesn't need quite so much tinsel to make it really shine.