It's no secret that Porsche has always kept a bit of a leash on the Boxster so that it didn't get up and bite the 911
. As the latter now has a new generation, the engineers working on the Boxster were allowed to take their ambitions further.
You have to keep in mind that the Boxster has a more aggressive strategy of updates per generation change when compared to the all-traditional 911, which could mean that the gap between the two is smaller than ever.
Even though it may seem like the Boxster has none of the 911's pedigree, this is not true. The Boxster connects to iconic open-top Porsches that appeared before the 911, such as the 550 and even the company's very first car, the 356.
And it was the first Boxster that helped Porsche stay on its financial feet when it arrived back in 1996. People had been waiting for Porsche to reintroduce a model slotted under the 911 for quite some years, so the Boxster was received with an open heart.
Nevertheless, it was more of an experiment and this meant that the first generation of the car came with certain weaknesses. The adolescent drawbacks were all addressed by the second incarnation of the Boxster, which went on sale in 2005, alongside a fresh generation of its big brother, the 997 911.
The Porsche Boxster has won the reputation of a car that punches the guy who dares say "a real man drives a coupe". Now that its parole officer has become a bit more tolerant, we're curious to see how much of a show it can put on.
The answer came from a Boxster S which the factory had tattooed with all the right stuff, such as the PDK gearbox, the Sport Chrono package and other tarmac torture instruments.Continue reading