Porsche Boxster S

With a new engine, tweaked suspension and twin-clutch gearbox, is this the best Boxster ever?

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

The best has just got better. Incredibly, Porsche has improved the already class leading Boxster S. The subtle styling changes have given it a fresh look, while the updated cabin is even better quality. The new 3.4-litre engine offers increased performance, lower emissions and better economy, while improved suspension means the handling is simple sublime. The Boxster S remains one of the finest drivers cars money can buy.

Hot on the heels of the Cayman, the Boxster is the next model in the line-up to receive Porsche’s latest crop of updates. Like its coupe cousin, the roadster benefits from all-new engines, revised styling and can now be ordered with the PDK twin clutch gearbox.

Externally, reshaped bumpers, new headlights, LED taillights and new door mirrors freshen up the classic shape. However, most of the changes are mechanical – the entry-level Boxster has a new 2.9-litre engine, up 10bhp over the outgoing 2.7-litre unit. PDK is optional too, while the standard manual gearbox now has six speeds.

The range-topping Boxster S gets a fresh 3.4-litre flat six-cylinder unit with direct fuel injection and a 20bhp power increase. In addition to being more powerful, both models are cleaner and more fuel-efficient than the cars they replace. Fitted with the quick shifting £1,920 PDK gearbox the S emits just 221g/km – 44g/km less than the outgoing model.

But it’s the Boxster’s driver appeal that has always set it apart – and the latest version is no different. The distinctive flat six-engine note now has a more intensive bark – and it sounds sensational when the flick the sports exhaust button on the dash, which opens up special baffles – while updates to the already excellent suspension have sharpened the handling and improved the ride.

Add in an optional limited-slip differential, laser-guided steering and superb brakes and you've got a stunning driver's car. The PDK transmission is great too – it shifts swiftly and smoothly and it’s only the counter intuitive wheel mounted controls that upset the near perfect experience.

Keen drivers will no doubt prefer the manual, but either way the Boxster remains one of finest roadsters money can buy.

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