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Brilliant Boxster hits the heights

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

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The two-seater sports car that pulled the German maker from the brink of financial collapse cost £33,950 on its release in 1996. Sixteen years on and despite a 30 per cent hike in power the latest version is only marginally more expensive at £37,589.

We wouldn’t lose our grip on reality enough to call any £40,000 car a bargain but the Boxster comes pretty close. Nearly 250,000 have found homes globally since 1996.

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

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

But you don’t need any extras to enjoy the essential brilliance of the Boxster


Compared with last year’s model the entry-level car downsizes to a 2.7-litre six-cylinder engine. Despite that, power climbs from 255bhp to 265bhp, the 0 to 60mph time is marginally faster at 5.8 seconds and the top speed is slightly up at 164mph. They may be impressive figures but not enough to make existing owners rush to upgrade.

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

The Boxster S with its larger 3.4-litre engine will set you back £45,384 but it’s worth the premium. With 315bhp it’s not so much the extra power that convinces but how accessible it is.

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

Neither engine benefits from the new seven-speed manual fitted to the 911. You do, however, have a choice between the slick six-speed manual or the very impressive seven-speed twin-clutch semi-automatic at an extra £1,922.

The latter is spoiled only by Porsche’s insistence on fitting some rather unintuitive push-pull steering wheel gear change switches (conventional optional paddles behind the steering wheel are available at extra cost).

Faster gearchanges and an easier life in traffic jams are only part of the appeal of the twin-clutch version.

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

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

Inside, the cabin is markedly more luxurious, the raised centre console puts the gear lever in the perfect position and more roof padding halves cabin noise. As for the roof you no longer need to twist a latch beside the rear-view mirror before reaching for the electric switch.

The whole process takes just nine seconds (down from the old car’s hardly slovenly 12 seconds). What’s more it can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 37mph.

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

Talking of space, those venturing into the options list need deep pockets, with 20-inch wheels costing £2,780 and Formula 1-style carbon ceramic brake discs with a price tag of £4,977.

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

The Boxster is now so good that unless you really need a 911 Cabriolet’s near-useless rear seats there’s simply no justification for spending the extra £35,000.

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

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