When Porsche introduced the Boxster in 1997, it offered buyers a unique blend of performance and value pricing—a pairing not commonly seen in premium two-seat roadsters. That combination made it an instant hit with American buyers.
The latest Boxster features a pair of engines that should please a wide variety of tastes. Base models come with a new flat-six that drops displacement to 2.7 liters but boosts horsepower to 265. The more performance-oriented Boxster S retains the familiar 3.4-liter flat-six that now produces 315 horsepower—a 5-horsepower bump.
With a manual transmission, the Boxster makes the 0 to 60 dash in around 5.5 seconds, while the Boxster gets there in only 4.7.