The 2014 Boxster's cabin is surprisingly quiet with the top up and triumphantly alive with it down. It's also the roomiest ever. The two seats don't so much fit you as they absorb you. All touch points, including the pedals and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, are as purposeful as they are comfortable. This is what a sports car should feel like. In the center dash is a 7-inch color screen that sits above a bevy of buttons, and growing from there is the sleek and also-button-laden transmission tunnel that sits between driver and passenger. It's high-tech and classy, but busy.
As good as the 2014 Boxster appears in photos, it looks better in person, boasting more angles than a geometry lesson. Not surprisingly, the Boxster is at its best with the top down, but even with the fabric roof in position, this roadster draws attention. Among the Boxster's more prominent features are sculpted side sills that direct air to the engine bay. In front, the Boxster dazzles with jeweled headlights, which come in halogen form on regular models and bi-xenon for S variants. In back is the traditional center-mounted exhaust tailpipe, a single outlet on base models and a pair on the Boxster S.
Notable Standard Equipment
Other than the fact that the base Porsche Boxster sport seats are manually adjustable for height and fore/aft positioning (the seatback recline adjustment is electric) in a world where most luxury makers go all-electric, the 2014 Boxster comes deliciously equipped right out of the box. The power-folding roof features a heated glass window, and the included HomeLink garage door opener means you'll never have to dig for that transponder. The standard 50-watt AM/FM/CD/AUX audio system has four speakers and is controlled via a 7-inch, color touch screen. Base Boxsters come with 18-inch wheels, while S models ride on 19-inch versions.
Notable Optional Equipment
From a torque-vectoring rear differential to ventilated seats and a navigation system, there are myriad ways to make your Boxster quicker, more comfortable, or more technologically advanced. High-end audio systems from Bose and Burmester are available, and an electronic logbook can record every trip for posterity or recordkeeping. We are personal fans of the wood package and matching heated, mahogany steering wheel. The most performance-minded will be interested in the carbon-ceramic brakes, a $7,000-plus feature alone. And there is, of course, that excellent 7-speed automatic transmission. It's officially named Porsche Doppelkupplung, but it's far easier to just say "PDK."
Under the Hood
The 2014 Boxster uses a 2.7-liter flat-6 engine that puts out a respectable 265 horsepower and enables the roadster to leap from zero to 60 mph in a scant 5.5 seconds. The Boxster S features a larger and more powerful 3.4-liter flat-6 that produces 315 horsepower and lowers that acceleration benchmark to a rapid 4.8 seconds. This latter powerplant simply doesn't have a weakness and roars like a warhorse. Both engines are mounted midship and power the rear wheels. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, with the quicker-shifting and more fuel-efficient 7-speed PDK automatic optional. An auto start/stop function can be used with either transmission, but we found the startups jarring when faced with a row of ill-timed stoplights.
265 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
206 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500-6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (manual), 22/32 mpg (automatic)
315 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500-5,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)
The 2014 Porsche Boxster has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $51,350. Step up to the more powerful Boxster S, and the price tag zooms to just over $63,000. Ladle on options, and your bottom line can swell by tens of thousands of dollars. At its starting price, the Porsche Boxster is several thousand dollars higher than that of the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT roadster and BMW Z4, but far below the all-new Jaguar F-Type, which starts just under $70,000. Resale value of the Porsche Boxster is predicted to be excellent.
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