Updated in 2005, the Porsche Boxster and Boxster S receive only a few changes for 2006. The passenger seat features weight sensors that automatically turn off the passenger front airbag when child seats are detected; the audio system is now MP3-compatible; new options include a tire pressure monitoring system and 19-inch, ten-spoke Carrera Sport Wheels; and Forest Green Metallic replaces Dark Teal Metallic, which is now a special colour.

There is also a new optional electronic logbook, available for the Communication Management System, that automatically records mileage, journey length, date and time; and an optional extended navigation function that helps you find your way back to your starting point, even on roads that are not on the system’s map.

The Boxster uses a 2.7-litre flat-six engine and a five-speed manual transmission; the Boxster S contains a 3.2-litre flat-six, hooked to a six-speed manual. Both use a MacPherson strut-axle suspension in front and rear.

Features on the Boxster include 17-inch wheels, black-painted four-piston alloy brake calipers, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, central oval exhaust pipe, power windows, three-spoke leather-wrapped wheel, power-operated top with heated glass rear window, heated mirrors, automatically-deployed rear spoiler, central locking with remote, CD player, Homelink garage door opener, alarm system and cruise control.

The Boxster S adds 18-inch wheels, red calipers, central dual exhaust pipes, and seven-speaker stereo system.

Available options include five-speed automatic transmission, composite ceramic brakes on the S, customer-specific leather interior colours, heated or power seats, removable hardtop, and automatic climate control.

Capable of zero to 97 km/h in less than six seconds, the Boxster carries over the considerable improvements made to it in 2005, with superb handling, aerodynamic styling, and wonderful engine response. The Boxster S ups the ante, making the trek in only 5.2 seconds. It’s a relatively reasonable price for the performance, although just a few options can send the total very far north, very quickly.

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