FEW things even begin to approach the majesty and compelling sight of a Porsche Boxster adroitly skimming on asphalt. With a throaty growl and a distinct Porsche fascia, the Boxster offers an indulging driving experience second to none. Its amidships-located engine lends desirable characteristics as far as weight distribution is concerned. As a proper two-seat roadster, the Boxster is an immensely engaging vehicle that many aspire to have in their garage.
First introduced in 1996, the Boxster is now on its third generation — a pinnacle of potency that nonetheless retains the free spirit and original intention of its progenitors. As does the rest of the Porsche stable, the Boxster (or 981) benefits from the unparalleled experience and motorsport heritage of the Stuttgart brand. Today’s Boxster is lighter, more fuel-efficient, faster, and more agile — a result of a completely revamped chassis.
The current Boxster also reflects a way of thinking that suffuses the Porsche organization — intelligent performance. While other manufacturers consider power and nothing else in their production of sports cars, Porsche’s engineers believe that high performance can co-exist with a commensurate level of efficiency. Consider that the new line of Boxsters, which while boasting superior performance also promise up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency. All engine variants feature “ultra-modern, direct-fuel injection” on six-cylinder engines.
This way of thinking cuts across the breadth of Porsche’s activities. It is evident, for instance, even in the most hallowed and purest of racing venues — the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France. Just this year, Porsche continued to add to its legend by a record-setting 17th overall victory via its cutting-edge 919 Hybrid. Yes, hybrid. The car lorded over the top LMP1 class with the three Porsche teams finishing first, second and fifth.
Again, the Boxster exemplifies this kind of proven expertise. With a considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels, the Boxster’s offers enhanced driving dynamics (enabled by a new electro-mechanical power steering) touted to be the best in its class.
Tales of the Porsche Boxster’s sterling qualities are independently given credence by a number of third-party awards bestowed the truly amazing vehicle. Last year, the Boxster made it to Automobile Magazine’s “All-Stars” list. It was cited for, among other things, encouraging drivers to “drive quickly, make [them]into a better driver, and reassure [them]that an error won’t cascade into a disaster.”
Ascertained a top-rated car by the American online resource for automotive information Edmunds, the Boxster earns points for “comfort, improved build quality, classier styling and an increased number of convenience features [that]all make the Boxster considerably better than before.” The Boxster in 2014 also received JD Power’s 2014 nod for APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout) in the Compact Premium Sporty Car segment, and made it to the Car and Driver “10 Best” list.
This year is no different. The Porsche stable once again makes an appearance in JD Power’s reputable radar for Initial Quality Study in the Company Premium Sporty Car segment. The award is significant because “Initial Quality” is “determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles.” “Porsche ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year,” reports JD Power on its website.
Car and Driver once more included the Boxster (and its Cayman sibling) on its “10 Best” list. “The Boxster and Cayman demonstrate immense mutability. They are daily drivers, luxury coupes, and sports cars,” writes Eric Tingwall on their selection.
Lastly, the Boxster gets another “A” rating from Edmunds, plus a declaration that pretty much sums up what this muscular, fun, yet frugal vehicle is about: “Stylish, luxurious, and thrilling to drive, the 2015 Porsche Boxster comes up aces. It’s even something of a bargain for what you get.”