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2011 Porsche Boxster

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2011 Porsche Boxster Review

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Now in its 14th model year, the 2011 Porsche Boxster, in spite of representing Porsche's "entry level" offering as the brand's most affordable model, continues the company's tradition of engineering excellence through relentless platform-building. It offers all the panache of its Germanic rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and also brings all the unparalleled motorsport success associated with the Porsche crest. Although overall performance generally falls slightly short of that of its fixed-roof Cayman near-twin, what the Boxster does offer is an undeniably performance-oriented, open-top Porsche experience, at a much lower cost than a 911 Cabriolet. The 2011 Porsche Boxster is offered in base, S, and Spyder models, as well as a special iteration for 2011, the Boxster S Black Edition.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you seek a signature Porsche driving experience with mid-mount engine dynamics and an open top, the Porsche Boxster is right up your alley. Or, if you'd like entry into one of the world's best high-performance "driver's clubs" without breaking the bank, the Boxster is the least expensive in the Porsche model range at nearly $4,000 less than the next least-expensive model, the fixed-roof Cayman.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you seek a signature Porsche driving experience unaltered by the lack of a roof, the Cayman may be a better choice. And the Boxster will also suffer from a problem typical of the entire Porsche range: Getting all the bells and whistles you want can make the cost increase quickly.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, the Boxster and Boxster S offer more standard features, such as Bluetooth capability and a universal audio interface that provides MP3 connectivity. Popular equipment packages are also available – Convenience, Infotainment, Design and Design Sport – that group attractive options together at a value (rather than purchasing individual options separately).

Driving the Boxster

Driving Impressions Typical of its inherent Porsche DNA, any Boxster model, from the base version to the lightweight, hardcore Spyder, delivers a typically sporting driving experience. Feedback through the steering wheel and...

chassis are about as good as it gets. The seating position is excellent, the control functions are deliberate yet easily manageable and the built-in driver support systems, such as stability management and the active suspension (should you opt for it) are world-class – never particularly intrusive, but always there to assist should you overestimate your own driving talent. The brakes, too, are simply incredible across the range, and particularly so on the Boxster S and Boxster Spyder. The lightweight Spyder offers easily the most visceral and emotional Porsche driving experience this side of a 911 GT3, which costs about twice as much. Best of all, while they are undoubtedly sporting, the various Boxster models are exceptionally rewarding to drive for virtually any level of driving experience. And the PDK transmission, while a fairly pricey option, offers true manual gear selection with lightning speed, without the distractions of moving a gear lever or pumping a clutch pedal, for truly focused driving in any condition, on any road.

Dual Clutch Gearbox (PDK)
With one clutch to mediate the odd-numbered forward (1, 3, 5, 7) and Reverse gears, and one to control the even-numbered gears, PDK is able to preload selectable gears for lightning-quick shifts that simply can't be matched by a traditional clutch-and-gear-lever transmission.


Porsche Stability Management
Thought they are often derided as "nanny" systems, Porsche's version of stability management is great in that it is nearly transparent when you really get down to aggressive driving. And, if your aggression does exceed your talent, it's there to reel you in quickly and safely.

2011 Porsche Boxster Details
Interior

As with the exterior, not a whole lot has changed on the inside since the last model refresh two years ago. There are many seating options, including mostly-manual six-way-adjustable standard seats with partial leather upholstery, adaptive driver seats and high-performance sport bucket seats. Control ergonomics are typically very good across all models, along with a suitably sporty seating position, to allow the driver to interface well with the car in all driving situations, from just cruising to high performance.

Exterior
2011 Porsche Boxster photo

Since the model refresh in late 2009, not much has changed visually on either the Boxster or Boxster S. The S can be distinguished by the dual central-exit tailpipes (base model has just one) and by the red-painted brake calipers (base model uses black anodized). Both are equipped with a power canvas soft-top that incorporates a heated glass rear window. The Boxster Spyder is distinguished by two bulges on the rear deck that give it a very sporty appearance, its lack of a power folding top and by the Porsche logo script and accompanying character stripe running the length of the car just above the rocker panels. The Boxster S Black Edition is characterized by black paintwork, Boxster Spyder wheels in black and black dual-exit tailpipes.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011Porsche Boxster has a 2.9-liter flat-six engine of 255 horsepower. The Boxster S, Boxster Spyder, and Boxster S Black Edition receive an up-rated 3.4-liter flat six (310 horsepower with the Boxster S, 320 horsepower with the Boxster Spyder and Boxster S Black Edition). All Boxster versions have a six-speed manual transmission. The Boxster, Boxster S and Boxster S Black Edition are equipped with a power canvas top with a heated glass rear window, while the Boxster Spyder receives a small, manually-deployable top. The base model has 17-inch alloy wheels and Z-rated tires, while the S has 18-inch alloy wheels and Z-rated tires. The Spyder and S Black Edition receive a unique 19-inch "Boxster Spyder" split-spoke wheel design, the latter being finished in black. All models receive Porsche Stability Management electronic stability control, which includes the function of anti-lock brakes. Occupant protection includes dual-stage front airbags, Porsche Side Impact Protection via side airbags integrated into the seat backrest and head protection airbags housed in the door windowsills. All models also have USB connectivity and Bluetooth capability.

Optional Equipment

Porsche Active Suspension Management and tire-pressure monitoring are available as options on the base 2011 Boxster and Boxster S. All models may be upgraded with Porsche's seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission for improved shifting and slightly faster acceleration. The brakes on the Boxster S and Boxster Spyder may be upgraded to the impressive but pricey ceramic composite brakes. Bi-Xenon headlamps with Dynamic Cornering Lights are optional. Certain option packages group popular accoutrements together: Infotainment, which includes Porsche Communication Management with a navigation module, satellite radio and an upgraded audio system; Design, with black 19-inch Spyder wheels and black exterior and interior accents (available with or without a sport exhaust system); and Design Sport, which combines Design package features with a new front apron, additional spoiler lip and new, automatically-deploying rear spoiler. The Sport Chrono Package features expanded Sport Mode capabilities and an analog chronograph mounted on the center dash.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Porsche Boxster has a 2.9-liter, horizontally-opposed flat six of 255 horsepower, with 214 pound-feet of torque from 4400 to 5500 rpm. The Boxster S has a 3.4-liter flat six of 310 horsepower. The lightweight Boxster Spyder and special-edition Boxster S Black receive the same 3.4-liter engine, but it's been massaged slightly to deliver 10 more horsepower and zero-to-60-mph acceleration times about a tenth of a second quicker than the Boxster S. All models are available with either a standard manual transmission or with the optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual.

2.9-liter Boxer-6
255 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400-6000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

3.4-liter Boxer-6
310 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

3.4-liter Boxer-6
320 horsepower @ 7200 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

3.4-liter Boxer-6
320 horsepower @ 7200 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

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2011 Porsche Boxster Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 75 Ratings for the 2005 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Ex cond, gargaged,covered,never seen rain.

By on Thursday, May 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,342

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Considering mileage, price is great."

Cons: "6 spd trans is difficult for an 80 year old"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My Great Grandson

"I took ownership of this vehicle in Jan 06 when my grandson could not make the payments. I gave him an old Buick I had for his interest in the Boxster. It has been garaged and covered, yellow convertible with a black top. Everything works. It has been serviced by the Porsche dealer & they have records. Fair price, fun to drive but I am 80 years old and a six speed is just too much shifting."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

My Great Grandson

This car is amazing, i love the way it handles

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, cornering, overall comfort and control."

Cons: "Gas mileage and its shreds tires..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Acceleration is tremendous and it eats up turns like nothing i have ever driven. Great build quality and engineering. They think of everything at Porsche. Simply stated, There is no substitute"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This is a dream car for me.

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very quick, handles amazing, topless in seconds."

Cons: "Be prepared to pay high for small maintenance."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you are not interested in having kids, are young and in a good career, or just something for the weekend, I recommend the Boxster S. This car has power in all gears and speeds, handles very smooth. Ride is a little rough, that just being a sports suspension. If you like flashy, people notice it, however, I feel like I tend to babysit it quite a bit. As in parking it closer, or finding places away from most traffic or other people parking. For a sports car it is not to expensive as far as maintenance, but it will run you much more than your average cars out there. This is my daily driver and am very happy with it. I hope this helps others who are looking to buy a Porsche Boxster S."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great appearance,reliable,wow factor even after

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great drive head turner,dependable"

Cons: "Extras and parts are expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"45000 miles,still turns heads,handles better than any car I've owned,and it stays out of the shop! Great buy!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best Car I've owned to date!

By on Sunday, February 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A+ handling, exotic,open top,aggressive,responsive"

Cons: "Race seats can get a bit uncomfy on long rides"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best handling, most enjoyable car I have ever owned. The car is an absolute blast to drive with the top down!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great driving dynamics. Could use more power.

By on Thursday, February 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Open air options. Retains value."

Cons: "Lacks sufficient power. Cost of maintenance."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned a 2006 base boxster for two years. It has been a great car with no mechanical issues. Extremely fun to drive, but lacks power. Wish I would have bought the Boxster S. My intention is to upgrade to a 981S in the future, either a Cayman or Boxster. Recommend buying used, as the new ones with options are extremely expensive."

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