When many folks hear about a Porsche Boxster they immediately think of speed and status. Others think of a mid-life crisis (feel free to ignore these perceptions). As a descendent of the 550 Spyder, this car is designed for those that enjoy the thrill of driving. The 2008 Porsche Boxster is no exception and comes complete with slight modifications that only increase the pleasure of owning and driving this vehicle.
This two door and two seater convertible combines luxury and style to compete against the best of them: BMW Z4, Mercedes Benz SLK and Audi TT. The exterior has the low-slung feel of a Formula-1 car, along with alloy wheels and a power convertible top.
Interior features include the Porsche necessities such as leather upholstery, cup holders, and speed sensitive volume control (meaning as speed increases, the car responds by increasing the volume of your music, radio, etc.). The standard 2008 Boxster can quickly increase in price as you look to add other luxuries. However, you always retain the option to add the wonders of heated seats, park assist, a Bose system or choose from the other 100 optional features.
As many potential buyers of the Boxster tend toward a need for speed, this car employs some interesting safety features to keep its driver protected. One feature is called PSM, or Porsche Stability Management, and is designed to brake when the car is being over-steered or under-steered. PSM does this by calculating the speed, direction, and velocity to ensure safety in the driving. This Porsche contains front airbags, but more importantly, side airbags to protect all angles from impacts.
On to the important stuff - fuel economy! Depending on the trim you have chosen, the 2008 Boxster delivers around 20 city mpg and 29 highway mpg.
This vehicle also comes in two trims: the 2008 Porsche Boxster Convertible and the 2008 Porsche Boxster S. Respectively, the MSRP for the convertible is $45,800 and the S is $55,700. The difference in the vehicles lies within the performance specs. The convertible comes standard with a 2.7 liter H-6 engine and 245 horsepower. The S increases to a 3.4 liter H-6 engine with 295 horsepower, in turn achieving 18 city mpg and 26 highway mpg.
The 2008 Porsche Boxster is by no means a practical vehicle, but if you are looking to join the ranks of Porsche owners who were born to drive then this is a good place to start.