We recently took in this 2006 Porsche Boxster as a trade-in at our Mercedes-Benz dealership. It’s a base model Boxster with leather, heated seats, and an automatic transmission. My first impression is that it has a tight, sporty suspension and plenty of power for the size of the car. And I really enjoy the view from the driver’s seat. All you see are the two fenders sloping away from you — sort of like the front end of the Jaguar XJ-S we used to own.
So, just what kind of power does this little beast have? The 2.7L flat-six churns out a respectable 240 hp. And in such a little car, that’s plenty enough to get you into trouble. But if you need more, the Boxster S sports a 3.2L engine worth 280 hp. This particular car has the optional Tiptronic S automanual which in my “old age” I am beginning to appreciate more than a manual 5-speed. Edmund’s seems to agree with me:
As a commuter vehicle, the Boxster’s tight steering, brakes and clutch can make it a chore around town. Buy a BMW Z4 or Mercedes SLK if your primary driving environment resembles the mega-mall parking lot. Rather, the 2006 Porsche Boxster shines as a weekend-getaway vehicle, providing comfort and space for two adults and their luggage with driving characteristics that are thoroughly enjoyable at speed.
In any event, this is one of those cars that I would enjoy taking on a day trip through some winding roads. At least I would enjoy the driving. It might not be quite as fun for the passenger. But with warmer weather right around the corner, maybe my wife would be able to enjoy the sun despite her white knuckles and constant screaming. 🙂