If you’ve always dreamed of owning a late model Porsche, but can’t afford the hefty price tag of a 911, then the Porsche Boxster may just be the right option for you. The Porsche Boxster has been available in Australia since 1997. In early 2005, a new model was introduced.
All The Porsche Boxster Details
The Porsche Boxster is a two seater roadster offering a cheaper alternative to the 911. While some regard the Porsche Boxster as a rather bland car, in styling as well as in performance, the Porsche Boxster has proven a popular choice, with its undeniable Porsche styling. While not having the power of the more expensive 911, the Porsche Boxster still offers good sports performance from its mid-mounted, boxster engine. There are two models available: the Boxster and the Boxster S.
The standard Boxster has a 2.7 litre 6 cylinder engine that produces 180kw at 6,500rpm. The Boxster has a top speed of 258 km/h and goes from a standing start to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Boxster S Model
The Boxster S is the more expensive option. It is powered by a 3.4 cylinder boxster engine which produces a more respectable 217 kw at 6,250 rpm. The bigger engine gives the Boxster S a top speed of 272 km/h and propels the car from zero to one hundred on just 5.4 seconds.
While many sports cars sacrifice comfort for performance, the Porsche Boxster does provide comfort for both driver and passenger. In fact, even taller drivers will find the room generous with the adjustable three spoke steering wheel and ergonomically designed pedals. The seats are designed to hold you in when you’re taking tight corners fast and offer a wide range of adjustment options.
For the safety conscious, both Boxster models employ four piston monobloc aluminium fixed callipers on both the front and rear wheels. The braking system offers precise braking in all weather conditions and at high speed. The response from the pedal is fast and precise.
Safety inside is provided by two side airbags each for both driver and passenger as well as the front airbags. There’s also protection from rollover in both the front and rear. The front windscreen incorporates a sturdy steel element while the rear is protected by stainless steel roll-over bars. Both models of the Porsche Boxster also include side impact protection which protects the head and upper body of the driver and passenger in the event of a side collision.
Tips for buying a one owner Porsche Boxster
It should not be too hard finding a good one owner car in excellent condition. Make sure you check the body for any signs of damage. If you find any signs of rust, then the bodywork repair has been shoddy and the car should be avoided.
Check the service log to ensure that the car has been properly serviced by a qualified Porsche mechanic. When test driving, pay particular attention to the brakes and the clutch. If the brakes lock one wheel ahead of the others, they may be in need of an overhaul.
The Porsche Boxster and Boxster S are fast, powerful cars and most of all the best-handling production roadsters on the planet. Introduced in 1996, it remained essentially unchanged, other than moderate horsepower and interior-options tweaks. That’s what Porsche normally does with the successful models: it retains automobile look and configuration for ages.
A more powerful second-generation Boxster was introduced in 2005 and it keeps Porsche’s conservative evolutionary path. Like its precedent, it is a mid-engine, six-cylinder two-seater that looks like Porsche Spyder. Still, over half of Boxster’s structure and electronics are borrowed from the 911 Carrera.
The 2005 Boxster looks sprightlier than its 2004 equivalent. Thanks to the revision of the torque and the 15 added hp. The 2005 Boxster S virtually equals the acceleration and top-speed performance of Porsche’s expensive 911 Carrera. The Boxster exhaust has been tuned to play a distinctive tromboning wail like no other motorcar. This is a amazing thing thinking that both engines are smaller versions of the six-cylinder in the Carrera.
The Boxster is called a mid engine-car. The reason is that the sweet six-cylinder engine is mounted behind the seats, just fore of the rear axle. So if you wand to see what’s under the hood once in while, well you can’t do that with the Boxster, the only way to see the engine is from underneath or through meticulously removing torso panels, which mechanics must do to service the engine. But, the beneficial news is that having the engine mounted closer to the center of the car makes for more adept weight distribution. And that’s what makes the car handle so well.
The transmission for base Boxster’s is five-speed manual but the optional variant offers a six-speed. Both models can also be fitted with a five-speed Tiptronic, the magnificent Porsche-designed automatic transmission that began the trend toward manually shifted automatics.
Body and Interior
The bodywork and the interior of the Boxster are of high quality, but considering that there’s noting tricky or purely decorative, we can definitely say that these are not opulent cars. Still, the interior has been improved because the old motorcar was often criticized for being to cheap-looking. The center console has been upgraded with revised switch-gear and titanium look panelling. The seats are more supportive and body-shaped in the new version, making them look perfectly magnificent. Unlike other roadsters, the Boxster has no problem swallowing luggage for a long trip: it has two trunks, a small one in the rear and an fully deep one under the front hood.
One of The Boxster’s best qualities is the powered convertible top, very quick to retract or re-erect. In the new Boxster, the top can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph. The triple-layer padded cloth tops (with a heated-glass rear window) is as weather-tight and quiet as most metal roofs.
The Porsche boxster has a very spacious trunk for carrying luggage under its front hood, and another small trunk at the rear. The convertible top is electrically powered, making it quick and easy to operate. With the newer models, it is possible to operate the top at a speed of up to 30 mph. The top is made of padded cloths that are triple layered, making it both quiet and water tight just as much as metal ones.
Well known as a mid-engine automobile due to the fact that the engine is behind the seats, in front of its rear axle. This means that accessing the engine every now and then is not easy. You can have a look at it either from under the car, or by removing the panels of the car’s body. This position, however, has its own benefits given that the weight will be distributed fairly equally, enabling better handling. In other words, the weight in the car is either at the front or rear of the car. This makes the car more unstable, particularly when cornering.