Is the Boxster the best real-world Porsche?
Let me brace for inevitable stream of heated comments
Former F1 star Mark Webber, DT's resident Porsche man, recently shared the (good) news about a new 25th anniversary Porsche Boxster. I'm not going to take up too much of your time by going through the specs and numbers once again and in fact I only have one question, we'll get to that in a minute.
The 25 Years, which is going to be limited to 1,250 units, is powered by a 4.0-litre 6-cylinder boxer engine, producing 400 PS (394 hp). It features a lot of design cues that pay tribute to the original Boxster that was introduced at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show as a prototype and launched in 1995.
It has a front apron, side air intakes, two-tone 20-inch wheels and it's available in three different colours. You can have it in GT Silver Metallic, Deep Black Metallic or Carrara White Metallic. The engine can be paired to Porsche's signature PDK (dual-clutch) transmission or a 6-speed manual. This particular version costs €94,986 (in Germany) but my question is not about this special edition Boxster. It's about the Boxster in general.
While the 911 is undoubtedly more important and more fun, and more powerful, the Boxster is the real-world alternative that a broader range of people can dream to buy one day. Even today, if you were in the market for second-hand sportscar that won't break the bank, you could actually consider a Boxster.
There are currently 1,616 Boxster models available on AutoScout24 and 204 of these cars can be had for under €15,000, which is not cheap but attainable. And that's just one website and I imagine plenty more could be found on different websites as well as scattered throughout the world, just waiting to be driven away from the dealership lot. So the question is: