2011 Porsche Boxster Review, Feature and Images – The Porsche Boxster is an enjoyable sports car, whether racing around a circuit, motoring top-down on a country road, or cruising around town. The engine note is invigorating, the handling crisp, the ride elastic, the brakes sublime and the interior ideal for driving. But it is how all this works in harmony that makes the Boxster such an entertaining car. The automotive press has always considered the Porsche Boxster a great sports car, but after test driving the new 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, reviewers are floored. They say it’s one of the best luxury sports cars they’ve driven in a while.
The Porsche Boxster has always been a favorite — it’s luxurious, powerful and the perfect companion on the race track. With the introduction of the 2011 Boxster Spyder, Porsche has revolutionized the Boxster lineup.
In comparison to the Boxster and Boxster S, the Spyder is a completely different animal. It produces 320 horsepower, 65 more than the base model and dropped 176 pounds by loosing basic amenities like air conditioning, a radio and cloth bucket seats. Why did this Boxster undergo such a strenuous weight loss program? Porsche wanted to make it faster and more agile. After test driving the Spyder, reviewers say it’s more than agile — it’s one of the best handling sports cars on the market.
The press cautions, however, that the Spyder is not for the faint of heart — don’t buy the Spyder if you want one just for the Porsche nameplate. “Here’s some clarity: this car is not for you if you just want to putter around with a crest on the hood and a flat six behind you,” says Autoblog. “The Boxster Spyder is a serious piece, and if you want a cushy Boxster, the S is your ride.”
Safety features on all models include front airbags, head-and-thorax side airbags, and roll bars behind the seats. Electronic stability control (PSM), antilock brakes (ABS), brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution (ABD), tire-pressure monitor, traction control (ASR) and LED daytime running lights are also standard.
With the three Boxster models on the market this year, you can choose a Boxster with a lot of standard features or a barebones track machine. For a better balance of comfort and performance, buyers should look at the base or S model. They come with power windows, remote central locking, air conditioning, a radio and leather-appointed steering wheel, gear and hand brake levers. In the past, reviewers noted minor issues with its audio system, but most find those issues negligible. Besides, no one ever bought a Porsche for the stereo.
Optional on the base and S model are ParkAssist, Bluetooth connectivity, a Bose surround sound system, XM Radio and navigation. Electronic logbook is an interesting feature that automatically records mileage, route distance, time and date, starting point and destination. Then you can evaluate this data at home by uploading it to your computer via Bluetooth or the optional USB interface. Shoppers who get all these features will pay $56,335 for the base model.
Ironically, the Boxster Spyder is more expensive but it has fewer standard features. If you want air conditioning you’ll have to pay extra, but Porsche will reinstall the radio for free. When you tack on these basics, the Spyder will cost $64,610. If you get the Spyder, don’t bother with features. Porsche dropped as many as possible to increase performance. Porsche even replaced the inner door handles with red pull straps.