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
The PDK is a sticking point. A £1,922 option that delivers a huge dollop of technological brilliance, it's unthinkingly impressive as a friendly auto in town, but manages gently to corrode some of the driving involvement. From purity's point of view, in normal mode, the PDK's incessant CO2/mpg-philic need to be in the highest gear possible at every opportunity can be wearing, and at odds with the car's intent as something fuss-free and simple.
It also likes to coast - dropping the revs to a mere 600-odd when running downhill in a high gear. You can instigate coast by pulling for a higher gear than the car has chosen via the up paddle - an amusing game for a bit, even though it does feel like something you'd find in a next-generation Prius. Add stop/start, and you feel like there's a car with a very simple premise (fun little roadster) doing a lot of very grown-up things.