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Porsche Boxster

Get to know the 2012 Boxster

The Good

With precision handling and legendary Porsche quality, the 2012 Boxster is an excellent entry-level model. It boasts outstanding fuel economy for a high-performance sports car and is a joy to drive.

The Bad

If you are new to the world of high-performance sports car driving, you may be overwhelmed by the finesse it requires to get the most out of this vehicle. You might also sense a touch of elitism and scorn from Porsche 911 owners, many of whom look down on the Boxster as an inferior alternative.

The Bottom Line

If you want to experience the joys and rewards of Porsche ownership without being encumbered by an astronomical price tag, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is the ideal car for you.

Price

Porsche offers the 2012 Boxster with four different trim packages: the base model, the Boxster S, the Boxster Sypder and the Boxster Black Edition. The quoted Porsche Boxster prices cover the range from the base model to the Black Edition. You can also get a hardtop Boxster or a convertible – the choice is yours.

MSRP: $48,100 to $65,200

Average paid: $48,040 to $65,158

Performance

Acceleration and power

The 2012 Porsche Boxster offers your choice of two different engines: a 2.9 L H-6 and a 3.4 L F-6. The former offers 255 horsepower and 201 lb/ft of torque, while the more muscular engine is found in the Spyder and the Black Edition models. The Sypder’s F-6 peaks at 310 horsepower and 266 lb/ft of torque, and you will enjoy top of the line performance if you opt for the Black Edition, which puts out 320 horsepower and 273 lb/ft of torque. Predictably, these engines offer different acceleration and performance levels, but the base engine is capable of going 0 to 60 miles per hour in a trim 5.6 seconds. It is also worth noting that the base engine offers outstanding fuel economy considering the vehicle’s class, and is the most fuel-efficient engine available in a 2012 Boxster.

Handling and braking

2012 Porsche Boxster reviews generally gravitate towards the Spyder trim package as having the best handling. However, these same reviewers are quick to point out that the level of refinement is so high that you almost need to be an experienced sports car driver to coax the optimal response out of the vehicle. On the whole, though, the Boxster offers handling capabilities which compare favorably to the famous German automaker’s iconic 911.

Traction control and anti-lock brakes are standard features on the 2012 Boxster. Porsche is well-known for valuing safety as highly as performance, so the brakes are predictably responsive and finely tuned.

Interior

Seating

This is a two-seat roadster. The bucket seats are very comfortable and manually adjustable. Leather seating trim is standard on all trim packages, and the interior is strikingly offset with chrome accentuations.

Features

Power windows and locks, a built-in trip computer and driver information center, analog instrumentation, telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, interior climate control with carbon filtration and two auxiliary power outlets are standard on all 2012 Boxster models. The factory stereo is a CDR 30 AM/FM unit with a 5-inch LCD display and CD/MP3 playback capability.

Cargo space

Despite its slick double-trunk configuration, made possible thanks to the mid-engine vehicle layout, the Porsche Boxster offers storage in both the front and rear of the vehicle. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the total cargo space measures in at a meager 9.9 cubic feet.

Safety

Porsche’s focus on safety is evident throughout the 2012 Boxster. Standard safety features include traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, crumple zone body construction and six airbags, including two frontal, two side impact and two door trim-mounted head curtain airbags. Boron-reinforced steel tubing around the windshield helps to protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of a high-speed crash, and a tire pressure monitoring system, reinforced passenger seating bay and soft-touch safety bars round out the list of safety amenities.

Specifications

Compared to the 2011 Boxster, the 2012 model is unchanged. These specifications are for the 2012 Boxster base model; significant variations in specs and performance are discussed in the appropriate sections below.

  • Transmission: 6-speed manual with overdrive (7-speed automatic transmission available)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: H-6
  • Engine Size: 2.8 L
  • Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection
  • Length: 95.1 inches
  • Wheelbase: 172.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: 3000 pounds (estimated)
  • Ground Clearance: 5 inches
  • Horsepower: 255 @ 6400 rpm
  • Torque: 201 @ 4400-6000 rpm
  • MPG, City: 19 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 27 MPG
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