The 2011 Boxster is a rare sport car–emotional and rational. All the numbers prove out the 2011 Boxster spectacular performance, but it’s not until you get a hand on its wheel and a foot on its pedals that those figures turn into a huge, never-fade grin.
The automotive press has always considered the Porsche Boxster a great sports car, but after test driving the new Porsche 2011 Boxster Spyder, some 2011 Boxster review says they are floored. They say the 2011 Boxster Spyder is one of the best luxury sports cars they’ve driven in a while.
The 2011 Boxster is available in base, S, Black Edition and Spyder trims. The base is powered by a 2.9-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder (flat-6) engine that produces 255 hp and 214 pound-feet of torque. Like every new Boxster 2011, it’s a rear-wheel drive and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Optional is a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission known as PDK.
The base will go from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds regardless of transmission. The Boxster 2011 fuel economy is 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined with the manual and an impressive 20/29/24 with PDK. The 2011 Boxster S gets a direct-injected 3.4-liter flat-6 that produces 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.
The 2011 Boxster S hit 60 in about 5 seconds while the fuel economy is the same with PDK as the base Boxster and almost equal with the manual. With the introduction of the Porsche 2011 Boxster Spyder, Porsche has revolutionized the Boxster lineup.
In comparison to the Boxster and Boxster S, the 2011 Boxster Spyder is a completely different animal. 2011 Boxster Spyder produces 320 horsepower, 65 more than the base model and dropped 176 pounds by loosing basic amenities. Why did this 2011 Boxster Spyder undergo such a strenuous weight loss program? Porsche wanted to make the 2011 Boxster Spyder faster and more agile.
The 2011 Boxster interior boasts premium materials and proper sports car seating, particularly if you ante up for the optional full-power seats. Unlike the spacious BMW Z4, the new Porsche 2011 Boxster cabin is merely average for a roadster, meaning taller folks may feel constrained.
For the 2011 Boxster Spyder, Porsche takes out some features to reduce weight. Most notably, though, the power-operated soft top has been replaced by a manual two-piece roof that requires practice, patience and the pity of Mother Nature. Every 2011 Boxster has power features, Bluetooth and a CD player.
A vast options list can bring in navigation, leather and aluminum trim, even ventilated seats. The 2011 Boxster Spyder goes in the opposite direction, pulling out the power top and elaborate seats and the air conditioning to deliver an even more direct driving experience.
Competitors of the 2011 Boxster
The 2011 Boxster has always been a favorite — it’s luxurious, powerful and the perfect companion on the race track. The 2011 Boxster is often compared to the Lotus Elise, which is also a favorite among auto journalists. While many 2011 Boxster review say the Boxster Spyder trumps the Elise, if you’re thinking about getting the base or S Boxster, you might want to consider this sports car.
If you’re looking for a sports car that’s a tad more practical, test drive the Chevrolet Corvette. It’s not as luxurious as the 2011 Boxster, but it does have 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which makes it more useful for daily life. It also has 110 more horsepower than the 2011 Boxster Spyder, and its handling capabilities are just as impressive — if not better.
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