The rear end, however, has the more interesting sculpture with a small protruding tail that runs just above the rear bumper and connects the tail lamps. Smartly hidden just underneath the edge are turn signals and the central tail lamp that integrates both the fog and reverse lights.
Underneath the elegant body of the Boxster is an all-new aluminum chassis that's 55kg lighter, beating the trend of its competitors that gain weight for each new generation. And residing in the middle of the car is the revised direct-injection 265 hp 2.7L flat-six engine; the Boxster S gets the more powerful 315hp 3.4L. Compared to the old model, both have a modest power increase of 10 and 5hp respectively, yet it boasts of a 15 percent fuel economy improvement. A six-speed manual is standard, while the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK option) is also available and should offer better mileage and performance. Equipped with PDK, the Boxster will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4s and the Boxster S in just 4.7s.
Porsche Torque Vectoring is new to the Boxster and can brake the inside rear wheel during sporty driving. Bigger brakes that are taken from the 911 Carrera are standard as well. If that’s not enough and you want to encroach on Cayman territory, ceramic composite brakes and the new Sport Chrono Package (SCP) are also available. For the Sport Chrono Package (SCP), it has for the first time a dynamic transmission mount that can be adjusted whether you want a track set-up or an everyday office-run.
While it used to be a joke that someone only buys a Boxster because they didn’t have enough cash for a 911, it’s not the case anymore. The Boxster has finally grown to be THE roadster of choice in the Porsche line-up. It might not be the fastest car around, but given an open twisty road and with the top down, it’s the epitome of why the Boxster has been that successful.