The rear-drive Boxster starts out with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 265 horsepower. S versions get a larger 3.4-liter that achieves 315 horsepower. The same engine is deployed in the GTS, where it's massaged for 330 horsepower. Exclusive to the Spyder is a 3.8-liter with a mighty 375 horsepower.
Performance highlights include:
- Steering/Handling: The Boxster take corners with incredible precision. Responses are quick and free of unwanted motions. It's far easier and more enjoyable to control at high speeds than most high-performance cars.
- Transmission: A six-speed manual comes standard, and a seven-speed automated manual (dubbed PDK) is available across the board. The GTS and Spyder get a special version of the PDK that incorporates launch control and racing-inspired shift logic. This upgrade is also available on the Base and S as part of the Sport Chrono package.
- Acceleration: The standard Boxster hustles from zero to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. With their larger engines, the S and GTS can do the sprint in 4.5 seconds or better. Faster still is the 3.8-liter-equipped Spyder, which hits 60 mph in a tick over 4 seconds.