More horsepower, 245 for the Porsche Boxster, 295 for Boxster S was 2007 news.
Porsche Boxster prices for 2006 started at $45,000 for the base convertible, $54,7000 for the Boxster S. The most expensive option was ceramic composite brakes, which were available only on the S version and cost $8,150. Porsche touted these as racecar-grade binders adept at dissipating heat and able to deliver sure stops in repeated hard use. And it said their lifespan was longer than that of standard brakes.
Helped by the major revamp for 2005, Boxster sales had climbed from 3,513 in 2004 to 8,327 for the 2005 calendar year. But with the new Cayman sitting next to it in Porsche showrooms, Boxster volume shrank to 4,858 for calendar 2006. Cayman, meanwhile, recorded a healthy 7,320 sales for calendar 2006.
Renewing interest in the Porsche Boxster for 2007 was more power, which in fact brought it in line with Cayman's ratings. The base Boxster's 2.7-liter six gained five horsepower, to 245 at 6400 rpm, and two pound-feet of torque, to 201 at 4600.
The Porsche Boxster S enjoyed a bigger change, courtesy of an increase in displacement. It's new 3.4-liter flat six was basically the 3.2 bored out 2 mm (to 96 mm/3.78 inches). It also borrowed cylinder heads and camshafts from the 3.8-liter Porsche 911 Carrera S. The result was 15 more ponies and 15 additional pound-feet, bringing respective totals to 295 (at 6250 rpm) and 251 (at 4400).
The base Boxster continued with a five-speed manual transmission standard, the S with a six speed standard. The six speed was part of a $2,680 Sport Package for the base model; the option also included PASM. Tiptronic was included in various similar packages, but again added a hefty $3,210 to either model as a stand-alone option.
Despite more power, EPA fuel economy ratings were unchanged for 2007, at 20 mpg city/29 highway for the base five-speed Boxster, and 20/28 for either model with the six speed. With Tiptronic, the base version was rated at 18/26, the S at 20/27.
Base prices climbed nominally for 2007, to $45,600 for the base Boxster, $55,500 for the S. Porsche Active Suspension Management was a popular option at $1,990. For those who wanted both the open-air feel of the original Boxster but a sense of the coupe comfort of the Cayman, Porsche continued to list a removable hardtop with heated glass rear window as a $2,345 Boxster option.
Consumer Guide recognized that the Cayman, with a closed structure more rigid than Boxster's, was in some sense a more focused high-performance tool. But for top-down cruising in speed and style, handling honed to a fine edge, sweet strains of a thoroughbred engine singing behind your ears, there were precious few cars that could match the Boxster.
"Some less-expensive sports cars challenge Boxster…on a fun-per-dollar basis, and some like-priced competitors deliver more outright power," Consumer Guide concluded. "Few, however, match [its] range of strengths; road manners and mechanical sophistication to satisfy the most discriminating driver, a good dose of everyday usability, and the cachet of the Porsche name."
England's Autocar seemed to agree, labeling the latest Boxster a "sublime all-purpose sports car" and, in choosing it over such roadster rivals as the the Mazda MX-5, Audi TT, Mercedes SLK350, and Nissan 350Z, dismissing detractors with, "Forget what other people think -- it's the best."
Whatever fate and future pundits had it store or the car, the Boxster will always be remembered as the car that gave Porsche a new lease on life.
A 2007 Porsche Boxster, a warm day, a twisting road: the soul of sports motoring.
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