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Porsche Boxster 2.9-litre Manual

Is the Porsche Boxster 2.9-litre tremendous value for money or a silly fashion statement behind a posh badge?

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 25, 2011
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Is the Porsche Boxster 2.9-litre tremendous value for money or a silly fashion statement behind a posh badge? We have to consider this point, as at £36,572 the entry-level manual version is 'worryingly' cheap. The price, in fact, is only a few thousand pounds more than the high-spec Skoda Superb Estate - and the Chevrolet Captiva. Neither of these vehicles set the world on fire. So, let us consider performance. The Porsche Boxster produces 251bhp and reaches 62mph in 5.9 seconds. Oh dear! The Volkswagen Golf R 2.0 TSI DSG is more powerful, faster to 62mph, has more torque, and costs £3,857 less. It is capable of 155mph too, which is only slightly slower than the suspiciously cheap Boxer.

On the plus side, the Porsche feels sharper and more engaging than the Golf. But what about the Lotus Elise? This has tremendous handling, exceptional poise, and only costs £27,500. Furthermore, despite producing a modest 134bhp, the 0-62 time is merely 0.6 seconds slower than its Germanic rival. Why buy the entry-level Boxster then? The reason is simple. It is a Porsche – and motorists crave that badge more than oxygen. It is also fantastically entertaining, despite the comparisons, and the closest you can get to a 911 for the price. So, is the Boxster tremendous value or a silly fashion statement? I think it is both.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 25, 2011