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The 2015 Porsche Boxster

The 2015 Porsche Boxster

For those who could afford the luxury of paying out around $100,000 for an open topped sports roadster then the Porsche Boxster should find itself pretty near the top of the IR list.

The first-generation Boxster, a mid-engined two-seater roadster was launched late in 1996. Now in its third generation, its most recent version, (type 981) was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, having gone through a number of minor domestic upgrades since.

The 2015 Porsche Boxster is currently available in three distinct models: the standard version, a slightly upgraded S and the top of the range GTS.

All of the three Boxster models come with a standard mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with the base 2015 Boxster comes with a 2.7-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine providing 265 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, capable of reaching t 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, EPA fuel economy on this engine is estimated at 24 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway).

The Boxster S version comes with a 3.4-liter flat-6 generating 315 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Despite the extra power, fuel economy remains impressive at 23 mpg combined (20/28).

The Boxster GTS comes with an upgraded version of the 3.4-liter flat-6 comes with generating 330 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy comes in at 22 mpg combined (19/26) with the manual gearbox, and 25 mpg combined (22/31) with Porsche’s optional seven-speed automated manual transmission known as PDK automatic.

All of the three versions of the 2015 Boxter come with six-speed manual transmission with the PDK seven-speed automated manual transmission is a highly creditable option.

The 2015 Porsche Boxster base model comes equipped with cruise control, six-way-adjustable seats complete with a power backrest, manually adjusted tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, partial leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 7-inch color infotainment display backed up by a four-speaker sound system with single-CD player and an auxiliary audio jack, a power-operated soft top with the handy addition of heated rear glass, wind deflector, automatically extending rear spoiler, single central exhaust, heated exterior mirrors, all of them topped off with staggered-width 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with summer tyres.

Those looking for a little more can extend their budget just a little further to the S version will be able to enjoy an upgraded seven-speaker stereo dual central exhaust, suspension adjusted to provide a lower ride height, bi-xenon headlights, and larger front brakes with red-painted brake calipers with 19-inch wheels to complete the picture.

The Boxster GTS comes with an upgraded interior and exterior trim, an even even lower ride, sport exhausts, unique front fascia, tinted taillights and outstandingly large 20-inch wheels.

The GTS also comes with electronically controlled dampers (Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM) and the Sport Chrono package as standard., While these are optional extras on both the base and S models.

Available only on the Porsche Boxster GTS 2015 model is the Sport Chrono package which adds a driver-adjustable chassis setting option, dynamic transmission mounts a lap timer and launch control for those whose budgets are limitless enough to stretch to fitting PDK transmission.

When it comes to limitless budgets as a matter of fact Porsche, long-running and well earned reputation for providing almost limitless accessories and add-ons, almost too many to mention. Anyone who find themselves interested in acquiring the latest Boxster should have a word with the local Porsche agent to find out how much they can spend to make their car totally unique and embarrassingly comfortable.

As far as interior trim is concerned Porsche have obviously listened to complaints about the sparseness of the previous year’s version of Boxster’s cabin trim. The current design is dominated by a exquisitely designed center console that has appeared to have been drawn from the company’s most pristine model, the 911 with all that that entails.

Further refinements in this year’s model can be readily found in the Boxster redesigned convertible top, which has been revamped with extra sound-deadening material and now reportedly provides amongst the most noise and wind free driving experiences enclosed rides of any of the current crop of soft-top roadsters.

While anyone driving a Boxster generation will not be too concerned about passenger comfort, the 2015 Boxster has been stretched just a little allowing it to accommodate taller passengers in reasonable comfort. On the downside, those interested in packing a lot of baggage will find the 10 cubic feet of combined cargo space something of a challenge, so it would be better to travel light.

Standard safety features for all of the three 2015 Porsche Boxster models include , head- and chest-protecting side airbags and integrated rollover safety hoops above the headrests antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, with safety options including rearview camera and front and/or rear parking sensors, while the optional adaptive cruise control also provides a frontal collision warning system, with an integral automatic braking system for frontal collision mitigation.

Owning a Porsche is an indulgence that very few can afford, however, anyone with six figures to spare will find the 2015 Boxster a car they can aspire to own.

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