I took delivery of my new Boxster less than two weeks ago after an eight-month wait and I still can't wipe the smile off my face.
It's difficult to describe the feeling you have when driving this car. The throttle is extremely responsive and it's difficult to stay below 4000 revs during the running-in period of 1000 miles. (I've only done 250 so far.)
Also, the fact that at around 3000 revs you start to feel the power and hear that magnificent engine start growling at you makes staying below 4000 revs even more difficult. The noise this car makes is truly spellbinding.
What surprised me most about the car is that it's extremely easy to drive around time and very well behaved in city traffic. The new model has a lovely cabin with plenty of little cubby holes and there is also lots of space in the front and rear luggage compartments. Fuel economy is reasonable but then again, you don't buy a car like this for its fuel economy do you?
I bought the 2.7 version because I didn't think I'd need the extra power, although I did have a moment of weakness a couple of months ago when I tried to upgrade my car to an S version. Thankfully I couldn't without cancelling the order and I must say, after driving the 2.7, I'm glad I didn't get the S because there doesn't seem any point.
Even the Porsche sales executive told me that with the power and equipment upgrades given to the new Boxster, there is little point in buying the S.
Unfortunately questions 2 & 3 do not tell the whole story. I sold this vehicle because of the chronic depreciation.
All of the motoring press seam to believe that a Boxster is as good a depreciating asset as you will ever find.
I am afraid to say as an owner I have found the reality to be somewhat different. I am sad to say that I will never again venture into Porsche ownership.
I have recently test driven the Porsche Boxter S and consequently ordered one within a couple of days. It's one of the few cars that I have driven that genuinely puts a smile on your face, and I have drove some nice cars.
One of the features that impressed me the most was the tractability and low-rev torque when you are just pottering about urban areas, and this comes from somebody that currently owns a BMW 330d!
It makes a fantastic noise when you extend the engine but with the roof down, the wind noise quickly drowns out the engine note.
The interior is well designed and appears to be of at least equal quality to my BMW, and the two boots are surprisingly capacious for this type of car.
The Porsche salesman was very helpful but not pushy. (It doesn't take a lot of convincing to like a Porsche). There is no chance of a discount but they offered me a better part exchange price than BMW against a new 630i.
My car is due in September and I am counting the days till it arrives.
I'm biased as I’ve just ordered the new model. I went for the 2.7 with sensible extras that should help the residuals.
I've done a fair bit of research and am told the new model is a significant upgrade from he old in many areas: PSM, A/C, better steering, more air bags, bigger wheels, nicer dash, more power, even more tuneful exhaust, but no more weight! I drove the Nisan 350Z and Honda S2000 and they don't really come close for comfort, finish, handling and beautiful engine sounds. Didn't drive the Z4.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!