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Pros: Sizzling performance, tenacious handling, legendary reputation.
Cons: Costly options make the car upwards of 50K , vulnarable to attack by low-life.
Advice: After driving the very much entertaining Boxster S, it's no wonder that the Porsche has so many fans. The car is loads of fun.Driven sedately, the muscle-bound Boxster S is docile and easy to drive. But stab the throttle and the car blasts through the first four gears like a roller coaster rushing downhill, with the urgent song of the flat six at full cry. Speed is reigned in quickly by easily modulated and incredibly powerful brakes that feel as though they could stop a semi in short order. The 'S' is equally at ease running through various turns, possessing dead neutral poise that belies the rear-engine architecture. The steering has a reassuring heft and plenty of feedback that allows one to easily settle into a rhythm. In the ugly reality of rush-hour traffic, however, one quickly realizes why so many people opt for automatics in their sports cars. Work the S's heavy clutch enough and you might expect your left leg to resemble Arnold's in his bodybuilding heyday. Fortunately, Porsche offers its Tiptronic-style automatic transmission as an option. So no excuses not to get on!
Pros: Extraordinary styling and an equally brilliant interior make it the best sport car Ive ever owned. previous/current cars: Mazda RX7 '93; BMW M3 '99; BMW M5 01'; Mercedes S500 '03. Fun to drive. Very fast.
Cons: Expensive for most, a little cramped on the inside (im 6'6''), 3 theift attempts and I live in Beverly Hills, Ca!
Advice: The Porsche Boxster S is for those who don't want a classless 350Z and eye sore Z4precise, neutral steering; an aversion by the car to roll, squat or dive under heavy g forces or severe braking, and an almost insurmountable tendency to stay glued to the street and go precisely where it's told! And thats with the stability managment system ($799) off! Even in atrocious weather and some pretty determined driving I never ever feel the thing kick in, Thank you PSM!!!
Cons: seats a bit narrow
Advice: Buy an almost new one and save some $$$Performance, performance, performance!! The Boxter is hard to beat! Excellent cornering, braking and good acceleration-smooth through the whole range-Easy electric top-no need for a boot! I like the two trunks-I also have an Audi TT Roadster Quattro- It's fun but the Porsche is a more refined car. Not as fast as a Corvette but excellent on windy roads