Latest first drives New Porsche Boxster
The Boxster is Porsche’s budget roadster. But it's 'budget' only in the sense that it's the cheapest car in the Porsche range, not because it is particularly affordable. Since its original launch in 1996, the Boxster has been a steady seller. The combination of a stimulating driving experience, good practicality for a sports car and the Porsche name, have struck a chord with many. Can the all-new third-generation 2012 Porsche Boxster sustain that note?
Members can see our full first drive verdict of the new Porsche Boxster, including our driving impressions and opinion on design. Sign up for £1 if you're not a member, and here's a sneak peek of the first drive verdict and our video from the car's unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
New Porsche Boxster Geneva Motor Show video
New Porsche Boxster: What’s new?
Pretty well everything, although at a glance this is still very definitely a Boxster. The cabin has moved forwards, the windscreen raked back and the distance between the front and rear wheels extended by 60mm.
Structurally the 2012 Boxster is all-new: it's tougher and stiffer, with plenty of aluminium and high-strength steels.
The engines are cleaner and more economical, yet a touch more powerful. The Boxster S has the same 3.4-litre engine as before, but the standard Boxster's has shrunk from 2.9 to 2.7 litres. Direct injection technology ensures the statistics are all better.
New Porsche Boxster: What’s it up against?
There’s surprisingly little that competes head-on with the Boxster. The obvious rivals for your attention are the Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4, with Nissan’s 370Z a left-field option.
New Boxster is instantly familiar
New Porsche Boxster: How much will it cost?
The entry-level 2.7-litre Boxster is £37,589, and the 3.4 Boxster S £45,384.
These are just staring points, however. A full leather interior in the Boxster costs £2,093, sat nav is £2,141, PDK automatic transmission £1,922 and a third-year warranty - offered as standard with most other cars - another £660.
New Porsche Boxster: When can I buy one?
The Boxster goes on sale on May 5, 2012.
New Porsche Boxster: Top choice
A tricky one. The base 2.7 Boxster offers 95% of the thrills and an almost identical driving experience to the Boxster S (which is £8,000 more expensive). So logic says the cheaper car has to be the choice - but sports car buying decisions are hardly ever logical.
Check out our video of the new Boxster from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.