2011 Porsche Boxster SpyderEnlarge Photo
While Porsche is celebrating its 60th year in the U.S., the Boxster has been winning the hearts of Americans for only the last fourteen. This teenaged love affair between drivers and the Boxster, the only mid-engined sports car in our “Fun in the Sun” group, has always left us wanting more from the baby Porsche. And indeed, that’s the Boxster’s biggest problem. The ragtop convertible, whose top can be raised or lowered in an astounding 12 seconds, has never been the fastest or most powerful roadster. Indeed the 255 horsepower Boxster and 310 horsepower Boxster S go from 0-60 in 5.6 and 5.0 seconds respectively.
However, the Porsche will never fail to impress in the curves, as it is a remarkably balanced and controllable vehicle in which maintaining high speeds is not only enjoyable, but easy. Further assisting in this pursuit is the fact that the Boxster can now be purchased with Porsche’s optional PDK transmission--the 7-speed dual clutch auto-manual developed by the manufacturer for racing, which has since filtered down to the 911 and now to the Boxster and Cayman. And while the Boxster and Boxster S both have comfortable cabins and compliant rides, those of you hungering for an even more pure sports car experience can opt for the Boxster Spyder--the lightweight, stripped down, hardcore, 320 horsepower version with manual folding cloth top and optional air-conditioning, radio, and cup-holders. And the best part, at least for those of you shopping for a true sports roadster, this Porsche starts at just $47,600.