But this, a Porsche SUV with a diesel engine, this, is the last straw. This is the vehicle that will make the over-wealthy lawyers and doctors of the world pay their underlings to storm Zuffenhausen, with the express purpose of burning it, and Stuttgart as a whole, to the ground.
In our initial review of the Porsche Boxster, the press car we tested had the base 2.7-liter engine, and yet was loaded with both performance and comfort options. Porsche offers one of the richest arrays of options among all manufacturers, so Porsche PR had plenty to choose from in decking out our $49,500 base Boxster with $28,625 in options. Fans of this system, among which you can count your humble servants, point out that Porsche allows you to get your car configured pretty much exactly the way you want. And if you’ve ever said something like, “Gee, I wish you could get the Mark Levinson sound system and heated rear seats with the diesel engine,” you’ll understand the benefits of the Porsche system. It is impressively flexible. It isn’t perfect, in part because it can be costly, and also because it can be confusing.
Oddly, we’ll start out our analysis of the SLK with a pricing argument. Our SLK350 had a starting price of $55,400. That price compares favorably with the $60,900 Boxster S and the $55,150 Z4 sDrive35i. After doing a bit of damage on the options list, the as-tested price had climbed to $67,020, and resulted in a car with the trick Magic Sky Control, Lighting Package, Multimedia Package, and Sports Package, among smaller goodies. It’s here where the SLK pulls ahead of its competitors. The Z4 lacks items like Airscarf, Magic Sky Control, and air-conditioned seats. The Boxster, meanwhile, is hurt by Porsche’s extensive (and pricey) options sheet. You’ll get a Boxster exactly as you want it, but it’ll like cost a lot more than our SLK.
In our heart of hearts, when we look back on the last decade or so of sporting automobiles, only a few kinds of cars stand out. Naturally, there are the really good supercars; for us, the Ferrari 458, the Porsche 997 GT3s, the Pagani Zonda. There are also the good all-rounders; for us the E46 BMW M3, the Porsche Panamera, the Audi S4. But perhaps the warmest spot in our hearts is reserved for the driver’s cars that seem truly special and yet offer reasonable value. There could be quite a few cars on this list, including the Honda S2000, the Lotus Elise, the Mitsubishi Evos, the Mustang GT, and the Mazda MX-5. But really, one car, in our minds, has lived at the top of this list for a long time: the Porsche Boxster.
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BMW, the self-proclaimed maker of “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” has set some tough standards for their new 2.0-liter engine. That’s good because, frankly, a four-banger replacing one of the most revered sixes in history needs some credibility-building. We have our own standards, so we set off down the Pacific Coast Highway, one of our favorite winding roads, to see what this new engine could do.
Yep, summer has officially started, which means that if you haven’t made some serious driving plans yet, you had better get a move on. We asked our Facebook fans to tell us which cars they thought were the very best for driving during the warm months. The answers were mostly convertible based, which is good, but a few, inspiring coupes snuck in for good measure, too.
Today, we got these spy shots of the Porsche Boxster testing on the Nürburgring. They don’t really reveal anything since the last time we saw it, but we sure love to see the car getting rowdy at the track.
I’m going to go out on a fairly robust limb and say that there are plenty of drivers who a) like convertibles and b) like performance cars and c) would love to find convertible performance cars that are basically as good as their coupe siblings. Unfortunately, with the exception of cars like the Porsche Boxster that are designed from the outset as roadsters, mostly this doesn’t happen. Instead, physics intervenes, and the process of adding the convertible feature adds weight, raises the center of gravity, and reduces torsional rigidity. None of those changes improve driving dynamics. Of course, different manufacturers manage these tradeoffs with differing levels of artistry, but it’s not nice to (try to) fool Mother Nature.
Oh, the Porsche Boxster. As we recently reaffirmed in our latest comparison test, the little two-seat roadster from Porsche is one of our favorite topless road cars, and now there’s more to love. The much-anticipated Boxster Spyder won’t make its official debut until December 2nd at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but the details and images have already leaked out ahead of time.