We honestly tried to find something negative to report about the 2012 Porsche Boxster. In fact, the only thing we found that was even close to being negative was the price tag. At an MSRP price of $49,500 the 2012 Boxster is way over the budget of most consumers. However, when you hear all the features and specs, you will think $49,500 is quite a steal.
Available in an overwhelming 14 colors, consumers will certainly be in no short supply of options to choose from. Whether it’s the Guards Red or Mahogany Metallic, the 2012 Boxster has quite an impressive array of color schemes. Sleek doesn’t even begin to describe the Boxster; Godly is more like it. This sports car looks as though it has a top speed of 300 MPH – even though it’s only 164 MPH. The bi-xenon, pivoting headlights will illuminate every curve in the road, before you come around it. This alone makes the Boxster a very safe choice, since it’s assumed you won’t necessarily be doing the speed limit on twisty backroads. The 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels give the Boxster that impressive flare we’ve all come to know and love, since it’s introduction in 1997. The entire front end – including the almost nonexistent grille – has been designed with two things in mind: style and aerodynamics. Porsche overdid it on each of these. The 2012 Boxster is a sleek, fast, cunning and eye-catching machine that is sure to make the jaws of all other drivers on the road hit the floor. The back end of the Boxster has been redesigned to be longer, allowing for greater cargo space in the trunk. The lack of adequate cargo space has been a constant complaint of test drivers until the 2012 model arrived on the line. It also has a single, large exhaust located in the center of the rear deck, adding to functionality as well as style. A low profile adds to the handling of the Boxster, which we’ll get to in a minute. Trust us, the handling is supreme.
Under the hood – which we’re sure is what you’ve really been waiting to hear about – the 2012 Porsche Boxster is completely loaded. The top speed of 164 MPH is literally only the beginning. The base model sports a 2.7-liter, flat-six engine with Direct Injection and VarioCam Plus. The engine is able to produce 265 ponies. This manual transmission has a 0 – 60 time of 5.5 seconds – and that’s just the base model! The other model, the Boxster S, rocks a 3.4-liter, flat-six engine with Direct Injection, VarioCam Plus and the ability to produce 315 rip-roaring horses at just 6700 RPM. The max torque produced by the Boxster S is 266 lbs./ft. at 4500 – 5800 RPM. The six-speed manual tranny can go from 0 – 60 in an eye-blinking 4.8 seconds with an incredible top speed of 173 MPH tested on a private, closed course. With the Sport Chrono Package installed the 0 – 60 time is reduced to just 4.5 seconds.
With all this in mind, unless the budget isn’t as big as you would like, there should be no reason why you shouldn’t at least take this girl for a test drive. Heck, even if you can by no means afford it, you should still take it for a test drive. It’ll likely be the best test drive of your life.