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
It comes in two flavours as before: straight Boxster with a 2.7, 265bhp and 207lb ft of torque, or as this S with a 3.4, 315bhp and 266lb ft. The basic format is the same: fabric roof, two-seat roadster with a mid-mounted flat-six and rear-wheel drive. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual. Which bodes well.
The body is made from a fairly conservative mix of steel and ally, but the doors, bonnet and rear-luggage-compartment lid are wrought from unalloyed aluminium. Despite more kit, the Boxster S actually weighs some 30kg less than the old version, even with the heavy PDK 'box. The roof itself is a layered, fabric sandwich and comes in three bits, with the frame of the front section made from magnesium for lightness. There's no convertible ‘lid' on the new Boxster, with the forward section of the roof forming the top deck when retracted. A simplification that dropped 12kg alone. It works beautifully. A deft pull of the switch at any speed up to 31mph, and you'll drop the top in just nine seconds via a Z-shaped fold. A new fleece lining means that it's snug and quiet up, and during some torrential rain performed pretty much as well as a straight tintop. It also looks good both ways - handy in the UK, where you'll see it up more often than not.