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2011 Porsche Boxster Review
One of the best roadsters on the market.
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The 2011 Porsche Boxster has become one of the most sought-after roadsters of its time after 15 years of making improvements and creating perfection. When money is no object, the Boxster makes a good choice in classic roadsters.
The handling of the Porsche Boxster is made ideal with the mid-engine layout that mounts the flat-six close to the ground. The Boxster is nimble and quick, which puts it at the top of the competition. The year 2011 introduces the Boxster Spyder as a specialized model. The weight was trimmed enormously and now includes a soft top two-piece that is manually operated while losing air-conditioning and a power-operated top, the Spyder gained sharper handling talents and about 10 horsepower.
For razor-sharp driving and handling, slick manual transmissions, and compact dimensions, as well as the very attractive, sporty styling, the 2011 Porsche Boxster is the exemplary classic roadster.
Engines: 3.4-liter direct-injected flat-six, horizontally opposed 2.9-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, PDK: dual-clutch seven-speed automated manual
Models: Porsche Boxster base, Porsche Boxster S, Porsche Boxster Black Edition, Porsche Boxster Spyder
The 2011 Porsche Boxster includes Bluetooth, along with the iPod interface, as standard equipment on all of the models besides the new Spyder of 2011. There are also several new packages that make adding options easier and a bit cheaper.
The 2011 Porsche Boxster has a beautiful and sporty exterior styling. The base model comes standard with a power soft top and 17-inch wheel. The Boxter S includes the bigger engine, brake calipers that are red-painted and 18-inch wheels. There are numerous option packages that can be added separately such as the Convenience package that adds wind deflector, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, automatic wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors.
Other optional additions for the exterior style are rear parking sensors, different wheel sizes, adaptive suspension, and ceramic composite brakes. The Spyder includes the rear limited-slip differential, sport-tuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels.
The Boxster's interior has all premium materials that you would expect, along with sports car seating. The controls are easy to read and use, with the exception of the tachometer being a bit small. The cabin is covered with leather or faux-suede materials so that there is no chance of scuffing plastic areas. The standard interior features on the base model are cruise control, adjustable seats with power backrest, power soft top, four-speaker CD player sound system, partial leather upholstery, USB/iPod audio interface, and Bluetooth.
Some of the other optional features that will enhance the Boxster are heated seats, sport steering wheel, fully powered seats, ventilated seats, voice controls, six-CD changer, satellite radio, sport seats, Bose 10-speaker surround-sound system, and a heated steering wheel.
The Infotainment package is awesome for updating the interior, and it includes satellite radio, sound system with seven speakers, and a navigation system. The Boxster Spyder includes lightweight sport seats, and interior trim that matches the exterior.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Porsche Boxster base model has a horizontally opposed 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that can produce 255 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. Just like the rest of the Boxter models, it comes with rear drive and manual six-speed transmission. Optionally, the PDK can be added, which is the dual-clutch seven-speed automated manual transmission. Porsche estimates that the roadster will get up to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds starting from a standstill. The 2.9-liter engine of the Boxster sounds splendid, and its performance is remarkable.
The Boxster S has a 3.4-liter direct-injected flat-six, which produces about 310 hp with 266 lb-ft of torque, and according to Porsche, it should reach 60 mph in about 5 seconds. The Boxter Spyder will get the engine variant of the S model and will produce 320 hp with 273 lb-ft torque. The Spyder is estimated to get up to the speed of 60 mph in only 4.6 seconds. These are excellent times for the acceleration testing.
The standard safety features that are included on the 2011 Porsche Boxster are traction control, stability control, rollover safety hoops that are place above the headrests, side-impact airbags for head and dual thorax, and anti-lock disc brakes. During the brake tests, the Boxster Spyder stopped in an excellent 102 feet from the full speed of 60 mph.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche Boxster, base with PDK: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Inspiring handling and steering
- Highly customizable
- Impressive fuel economy
- Top-notch interior
- Powerful engines
You Won't Like
- Pricey, if too many options added
- Unintuitive shift buttons for PDK
- Taller passengers might be cramped
One of the best roadsters on the market.
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