The Porsche Boxster 2.7 is simply sensational. For a start, it looks fantastic from every angle, although most onlookers will only ever see it fleetingly, such is its ability to cover ground.
The 2.7-litre flat-six engine is a peach, pulling strongly from low revs and screaming towards its redline - it's an intoxicating partner. The Boxster feels a lot quicker than its 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds would suggest, too.
It'll demolish any piece of twisty road you care to point it at, because it grips so hard and responds so faithfully to inputs through the steering, throttle and brakes. The electrically powered steering could have been a weak point, but it isn't, because it provides a great sense of what's happening beneath the wheels.
The cabin is beautifully made and easy to use, and there's plenty of space for two. It's pretty refined when the roof's up, and there isn't too much bluster when it's down, although it's worth investing in the wind deflector that Porsche rather cheekily charges extra for.