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Brilliant Boxster hits the

WHETHER you’re talking a pint of beer or a loaf of there’s not a single commodity hasn’t rocketed in price in years. Except the Porsche that is.

The Porsche at its mercurial []

The two-seater sports car that the German maker from the of financial collapse cost on its release in 1996. Sixteen on and despite a 30 per cent hike in the latest version is only more expensive at £37,589.

We lose our grip on reality to call any £40,000 car a bargain but the comes pretty close. 250,000 have found globally since 1996.

it has received a steady stream of over the years this is the all-new Boxster. What’s it gets a unique look sets it apart from the costly 2+2 911.

Instead of aping the 911’s headlights the Boxster has rectangular inspired by the firm’s Sixties cars. It also gets a spoiler that blends the tail lights and air intakes of the rear wheel arches cut into aluminium doors.

But you need any extras to enjoy the brilliance of the Boxster


Compared last year’s model the car downsizes to a 2.7-litre six-cylinder Despite that, power from 255bhp to 265bhp, the 0 to time is marginally faster at 5.8 and the top speed is slightly up at 164mph. may be impressive figures but not enough to existing owners rush to

The noise that the new engine however, might. Boxsters always sounded great, a lovely metallic howl as you hard but now it’s even

The Boxster S with its larger engine will set you back but it’s worth the premium. 315bhp it’s not so much the power that convinces but how it is.

The engine needs to be worked before it feels as quick as its 5.1 0 to 60mph time suggests. It delivers a pronounced extra when you pass 4,500rpm but the grunt available below point means it’s a relaxing companion when not in the mood for pressing on. The S also with bi-xenon headlights, seat facings and 19-inch wheels.

Neither engine benefits the new seven-speed manual fitted to the You do, however, have a choice the slick six-speed manual or the impressive seven-speed twin-clutch at an extra £1,922.

The latter is only by Porsche’s insistence on some rather unintuitive steering wheel gear switches (conventional optional behind the steering wheel are at extra cost).

Faster and an easier life in traffic are only part of the appeal of the version.

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The gearbox boosts too. With the standard-fit system the Boxster 2.7 automatic a staggering 36.7mpg and emissions as low as a Ford Mondeo.

Whichever engine and gearbox you choose you’ll benefit some welcome improvements. the handling is even better, more grip from standard wheels and noticeably stability at high speed. If the new steering doesn’t quite the energy of before it makes up for with pin-sharp accuracy.

the cabin is markedly more the raised centre console the gear lever in the perfect and more roof padding cabin noise. As for the roof you no need to twist a latch the rear-view mirror before for the electric switch.

The whole takes just nine (down from the old car’s slovenly 12 seconds). What’s it can be opened or closed at speeds of up to

Unlike other rivals as the BMW Z4 boot space is unaffected by the position. In fact as before are two boots: a deep treasure hole under the bonnet and a one behind the engine. Together provide the same luggage you’d get from a Vauxhall

Talking of space, those into the options list deep pockets, with wheels costing £2,780 and 1-style carbon ceramic discs with a price tag of

But you don’t need any extras to the essential brilliance of the Boxster. In the only problem with entry-level sports car belongs to the that makes it.

The Boxster is now so good that you really need a 911 Cabriolet’s rear seats there’s no justification for spending the extra

Check out our video of the new Porsche in action online at express.co.uk/motoring

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