Porsche Boxster

Porsche's flagship S now features the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine as in the Cayman coupé

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

The 3.2-litre Boxster S never lacked power, but the Cayman’s bigger flat-six adds vigour to its drop-top stablemate. Better still, the price has increased by only £690, despite the performance hike. Still £4,000 less than the Cayman and with a fine soft-top, the flagship Boxster is actually a bit of a bargain!

The days are short and the weather foul, but Porsche is doing its best to banish the winter blues. The German company has tweaked its Boxster line-up, and the flagship S now features the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine as in the Cayman coupé.

It boasts an extra 15bhp compared to the outgoing model, and a modest 4Nm torque increase to 340Nm. While these figures aren’t earth-shattering, they do make a difference to the lightweight two-seater. They shave a tenth of a second from the 0-62mph sprint, which now takes only 5.4 seconds, and give a top speed of 169mph.

Add the charismatic exhaust note, which transforms from a muted growl to a loud bark at full throttle, and you have a great package. The old car’s slick six-speed box and communicative steer-ing are retained, while the torquey engine and pliant suspension ensure that even urban gridlock isn’t a grind.

Away from traffic, the Boxster S is in its element on flowing roads, with its excellent handling and strong brakes. The finely tuned suspension gives superb traction and resistance to body roll, while the ride is remarkably supple.

However, the firmer sport setting of the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, activated by a button on the centre console, is strictly for committed enthusiasts and track-day fiends. While the fresh engine is the major news, aficionados will also spot a few additional revisions to make life with a Boxster easier. For instance, the engine coolant and oil top-ups in the rear load space are now housed beneath a solitary flap.

Just about everything else is unchanged, though, so the cabin is still sensibly laid out and expertly finished. The trademark styling hasn’t been messed with, and nor has the superb roof. This rivals a solid hard-top for refinement, and makes long trips surprisingly comfortable. It’s so good it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside – which is just as well, really!

Most Popular

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work
speed limiters
News

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work

Car industry body calls for UK government to adopt the new measures, but we’ll probably get them anyway…
29 Jun 2022
New MG 4 electric hatch arrives with 280 miles of range
New MG 4 2023
News

New MG 4 electric hatch arrives with 280 miles of range

The all-electric MG 4 hatchback rivals the Volkswagen ID.3 and introduces MG’s new MSP electric platform
28 Jun 2022
New Toyota Corolla prototype review
Toyota Corolla prototype - front
Road tests

New Toyota Corolla prototype review

We try out the updated Toyota Corolla hybrid ahead of its official arrival
30 Jun 2022