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2008 Porsche Boxster

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2008 Porsche Boxster Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


Now entering its eleventh model year and third iteration, the 2008 Porsche Boxster continues to reap the benefits of Porsche's traditional evolutionary method of engineering. Last year's power bump put the Boxster S on equal footing with its Cayman sibling, which shares the 3.4-liter, 295-horsepower powerplant; the "just plain" Boxster and Cayman carry on with the 245-horsepower, 2.7-liter engine. The numerical difference may seem minor but the performance difference is remarkable.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2008 Boxster carries on the legacy of Porsche's legendary 550 Spyder and 356 Speedster in a thoroughly modern convertible format that combines day-to-day utility with performance and handling that rival more exotic machinery. Either model, but especially the basic Boxster, provides all the benefits of belonging to one of motoring's more exclusive clubs without paying excessive dues.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Anyone looking for edgy, aggressive styling and racetrack performance to match would be better served by the Cayman. Although both the Boxster and Boxster S come fairly well equipped for the money, the option list is long and pricey and your Boxster may drive out the door with a price tag equivalent to a 911.

What's New for 2008

Lightweight sport seats with adjustable backrests are a new option, while Boxsters equipped with leather add Carrera Red to the interior color palette. Oil-change intervals are extended to 12,000 miles and spark-plug replacement to 36,000 miles.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Porsches are excellent driving machines and both Boxster models more than live up to that heritage. They are rewarding to drive at nearly any level of expertise. The feel and responsiveness of the steering is incredible, allowing for accurate and exact placement through just about any type of turn and at just about any speed a reasonable person might attempt. The handling is as exceptional as the steering, although the combination of optional 19-inch wheels and the "sport" setting of the PASM on certain road surfaces can result in a very harsh ride. Through the years, the term "Porsche brakes" has become a synonym for the ultimate in safe, positive stopping. Best of all, even though it is a convertible, the Boxster is no fair-weather-only vehicle when it comes to safe and exceptional levels of performance in wet or dry conditions. Although the performance of the Tiptronic S transmission continues to improve, those physically capable should consider only the ultra-smooth six-speed manual.

Favorite Features

Two Trunks
Anyone who has ever used a sports car as a daily driver, let alone taken a trip in one, has to feel that having not one, but two reasonable trunks is like having your cake and eating it, too – and then getting seconds.

Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
Porsche Stability Management is great for what it doesn't do – interfere with your fun during aggressive driving – as much as what it does do – bail you out when the fun stops because your gumption has exceeded your ability.


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