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Porsche Boxster: the driver’s car

The Porsche Boxster offers just about the best driving experience you can have on four wheels, says expert car reviewer Andrew Frankel

Porsche Boxster 2.7

This model from £37,589

It may seem implausible, but for those who love the open road and the simple joys of driving, Porsche’s very cheapest car – the basic Boxster – is also its very best. The car is a motoring journalist’s nightmare, leaving him or her at journey’s end with nothing to criticise save the cost of the options. The engine is smooth and sonorous, the six-speed manual gearbox or optional seven-speed paddle shift as sweet at swift-shifting as you could wish.

But it is the car’s handling that, for those who want to drive, puts it in a class apart from its erstwhile rivals. One of an almost mythically rare breed of car capable of safely inspiring the novice yet still able to challenge a professional, the car is a driver’s dream, and the fact it is also fully convertible nothing more than the cherry atop the cake.

Second-hand Boxsters make a good but expensive used buy – just remember the car was completely renewed in 2012, so almost all will be still-excellent but previous generation models.


  • Engine: 2706cc, 265bhp
  • Top speed: 164mph
  • 0-60mph acceleration: 5.8sec


  • Claimed economy: Claimed economy
  • Claimed economy: 40 (1=low, 50=high)

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