Porsche Boxster made its debut in the year 1996, and since then many versions of it have been launched, the latest being the 2015 Porsche Boxster. Porsche offers both manual and PDK transmission models of the Boxster. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) model offers two gearboxes in one unit. Naturally, there are two clutches in this type because of two gearboxes, thus helping a driver to shift between manual and automatic modes. The car features a number of safety equipment like 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to ensure complete safety of its occupants. To reduce lift at faster speeds, a rear-wing is present which deploys automatically when the speed reaches 120 km/hour.
In the latest Boxster, a strong crease runs along the inside edge of the fenders, which makes them appear less rounded than those of the previous model, or even the new 911. On one hand the car appears mature and a bit aggressive with its lowered stance. There are more than just soft hints of the Carrera GT in the design when you look at how the bespoke doors have been designed and merged with the sculpted side panels which nicely flow into deep air scoops just behind the doors. The new windscreen has also been raked further to allow vertically stacking the 918-inspired cluster headlamps and there’s a rear spoiler uniquely integrated with the tail lamps. What we liked in the overall look was its simplicity and avoidance of excess ornamentation that has helped in giving the new Boxster its mature look.
While dimensions have grown and more kit added, overall weight of the Boxsters have actually gone down. Thanks to smart usage of hybrid construction including aluminum space frame and in sheet metal, the weight of the Boxster has been knocked down by 25kg and in the ‘S’ by 35kg. And when one factored in the additional equipment on board, this is a tremendous achievement by the engineers. Some parts from the bin that have been used include the Carrera’s new electro-mechanical steering and front suspension. The only component that comes from the outgoing model is the rear axle. The roadster uses a fabric top and can open in lightning fast nine seconds.
Just like the exterior, the cabin is heavily based on the latest 718 Boxster, with only a few features setting it apart. Specifically, you will find the new dashboard with revised A/C vents and the updated instrument cluster of the facelifted Boxster that debuted for the 2017 model year. There’s also a revised steering wheel with new spokes and new center section that bears a closer resemblance with the one seen in the larger 911.Everything else was carried over pretty much unchanged, but there are some technology updates to talk about. For instance, the standard Porsche Communication Management system features cell phone preparation, audio interfaces, and a 110-watt Sound Package Plus, and it can be enhanced with a navigation module with voice control.
The “GTS” badge comes with a few extra features of its own. The Sport Chrono package is standard, which means there’s a chronometer on the dashboard. The seat centers of the standard Sport Seats Plus are wrapped of Alcantara, and feature embroidered “GTS” logos on the headrests. They provide enhanced lateral support and comfort. More Alcantara can be seen on steering wheel rim, center console armrest, and door armrests for a more race-inspired look.Finally, when the optional Navigation Module and Connect Plus Packages are ordered, the Sport Chrono Package also gets the Porsche Track Precision App. This feature allows drivers to automatically record, display, and analyze driving data obtained on the race track on a smartphone.
Do not go on the size of the engine. This is a performance beast. Well you may not have outright shoot, it is still quick. But a wooping 275 km.h top speed is amazing. For a car that provides a complete sports car feel with utmost luxury. What else could be asked. 300 bhp by a megere 2 litre engine is an engineering marvel.This engine feel stress free even at the top speed and has a great mid range. For a petrol the torque kicks in really early and has a wide range. The automatic is seamless and is actually quicker than the manual. The Porsche Boxster feels bit heavier than the Cayman. The convertible roof mechanism always has added weight compared to the regular metal roof. The engineers at Porsche have worked hard to keep the weight low and not make difference in performance. I mean why compromise on performance.
If the claimed mileage is true this sports car is one rare efficient vehicle. And a fuel range of 600 before hitting a fuel stop is a good range for a sports car. Considering the small dimensions and lightweight, I couldn’t expect a bigger tank. If you are a couple what better car to head to goa in for a winter break. Considering the added weight and the mess up of aerodynamics, the Porsche Boxster still manages a good performance with an excellent efficiency which is shocking.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
The good news is that it’s much, much better on the race track. Here the car tends to be in the thick of its powerband more of the time, so you barely notice the weak bottom end. The sound too is nowhere near as bad when it’s constantly banging off the redline, with an entertaining series of pops and bangs following you as you lift off. Yes, you will feel differences in power delivery, especially pulling out of corners, but on the limit, it feels just fine. The chassis brilliance is as good as ever, with razor-sharp and super quick steering, utterly predictable cornering and an all-round playful nature. Trouble is, here in India, owners don’t drive on race tracks much. The 718 Boxster experience, for them, will be on the road, and though it’s by no means a bad car, the motor is just not as fluid or evocative as before.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ;
This model line up has a specifically designed aluminum body shell, which is built on intelligent lightweight construction technology. It comprises of impact protection beams and crumple zones along with energy absorbing padding in important areas, which can deal with the impacts caused in case of a collision. The car maker has also incorporated an advanced anti theft protection system, which features as standard an engine immobilizer with in key transponder and a contact sensing exterior protection. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with a radar based interior surveillance system, which enhances the security for this roadster. It is incorporated with an innovative Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, which maintains the stability of this roadster. This system automatically maintains stability, even at the limits of dynamic driving performance. It applies selective brakes on individual wheels by analyzing the data collected by its advanced sensors. Another most important safety aspect is its roll over protection system featuring ultra-high strength steel protection elements, which can provide enhanced protection to the occupants inside. The car maker has also incorporated full size airbags in the cockpit, which are inflated in two stages depending upon the severity of an impact. Apart from these, this model has several advanced safety aspects like Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP), three point inertia seat belts, ISOFIX mounting on passenger side, central locking system with remote control, Porsche dynamic light system with bi-xenon head lights and automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting.
If you are looking for a thrilling sports car, this mean machine is the answer to your prayers. This stylish, sleek two-seater is the latest and the best model yet for the Porsche Boxster series.