Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster, front, action
Porsche Boxster, head on
Porsche Boxster, side
Porsche Boxster, rear
Porsche Boxster, rear, action
Porsche Boxster, interior
Porsche Boxster, upright
Porsche Boxster, rear
Porsche Boxster Front
Porsche Boxster Front 2
Porsche Boxster Rear
Porsche Boxster Interior

FUN, flashy and fabulously fast - that perfectly sums up the sleek and beautifully crafted Porsche Boxster.

It's everything a two-seater sports car should be with a confident swagger, more punch than a Pimms party and looks that are guaranteed to stop onlookers in their tracks.

I have to confess to being a long-time admirer of the Boxster and and having driven the latest version those thoughts were well and truly reinforced.

It looks amazing from any angle thanks to its low slung, dynamic stance,  20-inch Carrera S alloy wheels, slanted and sloping light clusters, centrally-positioned twin exhaust pipes and snugly fitting hood.

As you would expect the interior is rather snug, but it comes with all the techno treats you could wish for, including heated leather seats, a leather dashboard and leather door panels - all in brown. Features include a colour touchscreen, sat nav and a brilliant sound system.

The car was priced at £37,589 but the optional extras meant the price soared to a whopping £52,686.

Included in these options is a sports exhaust costing £1,473 which really cranks up the car's volume and gives it a loud, deep and throaty roar which is released with the slightest pressure on the accelerator.

Other additions include front and rear park assist (£599), Porsche Communication Management System (£2,141) and bi xenon headlights with dynamic lighting function (£1,060).

There are two generously-sized storage areas - the traditional boot and a deep area under the bonnet.

That's because the Boxster boasts a mid-engine layout and that also means extra poise, agility and balance. Elsewhere, there's a sunglasses compartment, adjustable door pockets and drinks holders that pops out from the dashboard.

Powered by a 2.7-litre petrol engine delivering 265bhp, the Boxster is incredibly fast and can sprint to 62mph from a standing start in just 5.8 seconds before topping out at 164mph.

But it's the manner in which it achieves those performance stats that's real wow factor.

It's exhilarating and certainly not for the faint-hearted as the Boxster powers through the six-speed manual transmission. And there is even a sport mode to make those driving dynamics even more edgy.

Road-holding is excellent and any bend can be attacked with confidence, the more the merrier.

The sports seats are exceptionally supportive so despite feeling like you are riding just inches above the road, a lot of the bumps and dips are absorbed. They even have a distinctive Porsche crest embossed into the headrests.

And with the slightest hint of sunshine, the roof can be opened in a matter of seconds bringing the true wind-in-the-hair driving experience.

My only gripe after getting behind the wheel was just that - the wheel. It seemed a little large and I would have liked to have been able to control some of the car's features from it.

FAST FACTS

Porsche Boxster

Price: £37,589

Mechanical: 265bhp, 2,706cc, 6cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed:164mph

0-62mph:5.8 seconds

Combined MPG: 34.4

Insurance Group: 40

C02 emissions: 192g/km

Bik rating: 29%

Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles

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