The Porsche Boxster enjoys a reputation for quality amongst many sports car enthusiasts. Despite a price tag that positions it as Porsche’s entry-level model, many find the Boxster to be among the most nimble and balanced vehicles of its kind. Its legendary mid-mounted engine enhances the Boxster’s handling as well as sets it apart within the Porsche two-seater lineup. Until this year the Boxster was only available in two trim levels, the Boxster and the Boxster S. This year Porsche looks to expand the lineup and build on the Boxster legend in the process.
What's New for 2015
The big news for 2015 is that, for the first time ever, the Porsche Boxster will be offered as a GTS model.
Choosing Your Porsche Boxster
As with most of Porsche’s cars, the single biggest decision you’ll make when choosing a Boxster is selecting your engine. Once you’ve made that choice, you’ll know which trim level you want and from there it’s mainly a matter of deciding on options.
All three Boxsters are equipped with a rear spoiler that stays hidden until needed at speeds in excess of 75 mph. Rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission are standard with an optional seven-speed PDK (Porsche Dopplekupplung) system also available. PDK is an automated manual system that functions in automatic and manual modes, and allows quicker acceleration than the standard manual transmission.
As one might expect with the Boxster, performance is treated with primary importance. So when it comes to additional features Porsche provides a number of options designed to help you push the Boxster to its limits. One of these options is an active suspension with normal and sport modes (standard on the GTS). With this suspension the driver is allowed to select the mode but may be overridden in certain situations to ensure stability and safe handling. A torque vectoring system is available, and applies additional torque to enhance traction and steering agility as needed. An enhanced version of ParkAssist is also optional.
A multitude of interior enhancements are optional on all Boxster models including leather, aluminum, wood, carbon fiber, steel or Alcantara suede interior trim enhancements. Seats can be selected with 2-way, 14-way or 18-way power-adjustment capabilities. The entire audio system can be upgraded as well to an optional Bose or Burmester surround sound system.
If you are looking for the ultimate Boxster driving experience the GTS really is it. In the past people have brought the Boxster S and customized it to enhance its' sportier aspects. Keep in mind that you could easily spend more than the sticker cost difference trying to match what Porsche has already done for you with the GTS.