2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

Story and photos by Peter Bleakney

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Toronto, Ontario – I heard the Keeper of the Porsches coming long before anyone else did in my neighbourhood – probably before my dog, too.

For those whose ears are attuned to such things, the song of a Porsche flat-six engine is a siren’s cry. The 2007 Boxster hove into view sporting a very festive shade of Speed (-ing ticket?) Yellow – perfect for a week of much needed top-down Porsche therapy.

The Boxster is the least expensive car in the Porsche stable, with a 2007 asking price of $63,600. It may be the cheapest Porsche, but it’s also arguably the purest, serving up an elemental drop-top sports car experience. Communication and balance R Us.

The 2.7-litre flat-six gets VarioCam Plus variable valve-timing and lift for 2007, bumping the horse count by five to 245. Maximum torque of 201 lb.-ft is available from 4600 to 6000 r.p.m. A five-speed manual transmission is standard fare.

2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

Jumping in the car, I made my usual “first day back in a Porsche” mistake. Ah yes – ignition key goes in the left hand. It may appear to be a quirky affectation, but the ignition on the left of the steering column goes way back to the early days of Le Mans when drivers ran to their cars for the start. Key on the left allowed the right hand to operate the shifter. Gotta love a car with that kind of heritage.

With the three-layer powered top stowed, I was soon out on my favourite winding back road where the Boxster proved, once again, to be a brilliant tool for unraveling a stretch of serpentine tarmac.

The Boxster allows the car-loving synapses snapping away in your brain to set up a scintillating three-way conversation between man, machine and macadam. The controls are weighted and integrated to perfection. The pedal placement and throttle response make heel-and-toe downshifting an addictive treat.

2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

Capping the experience is the wind tugging at your follicles and the sound of that flat-six breathing heavily over your left shoulder.

The standard Porsche Stability Management traction control is calibrated for spirited driving, gently stepping in to curb any lurid tail-wagging, yet minding its own business when you’re exercising your right to a little over-steering fun. An interesting safety feature is ETDC (Engine Torque Drag Control) which limits sudden throttle-closure if you lift off in a turn, reducing the chance of a spin.

All Boxsters have six airbags: two front, two thorax airbags in seats, and two head airbags that sprout from the tops of the doors.

This tester had a few goodies from the Porsche options list – the most obvious (and desirable) being the $1,730 18-inch Boxster S wheels that are one size up from the standard 17-inch rolling stock.

The $2,330 Bose system upgrade sounds fine, but really, a Boxster is no great environment for listening to music. Any fine-tuning Mr. Bose does on this system is negated the instant that 2.7-litre six fires up.

2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

Once under way, the road and engine noise, even with the top in place, make a h-fi system pretty much redundant. Great for listening to traffic reports though. Besides, I have yet to hear a CD that sounds as good as a Porsche engine anyway.

The permanent glass Windstop Deflector ($575) that fits in between the roll hoops is an essential piece of kit for any Boxster. So why the heck does Porsche charge for that? Because they can. Seat heaters will set you back $680 and the hit for automatic climate control is $770.

Lest you think the Boxster is a one trick pony, this drop-top has two trunks (front and rear) that will accomodate considerably more stuff than many current soft and hard-top convertibles with their roofs retracted.

My week with this yellow pick-me-up ended too quickly, but the story doesn’t end here. Immediately following the base Boxster, I had to endure an additional seven days piloting a 2007 Boxster S.

2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

For 2007, the $77,300 Boxster S gets the 295-hp 3.4-litre six that debuted in lasts year’s Cayman S. The 280-hp 3.2-litre engine from the previous S is no more.

Jumping from the base Boxster into the S, you’re immediately looking for that $13,700 difference. The gauges are white-faced, and both the clutch and standard six-speed shifter require a bit more heft.

Fire up the 3.4-litre flat-six and it barks to life with more urgency than the 2.7-litre and settles into a deeper idle. It’s not until you’re under way that the difference between the two Boxsters becomes as blatantly obvious as mustard on an Armani suit.

The ride is firmer, the brakes bite harder, and most significantly, the larger six’s 295 hp and 252 lb.-ft. of torque propel this car into near-911 territory.

Speed is a funny thing. While driving the 245-hp base Boxster, I was thoroughly content, asking myself why anyone would want more power in this car. It’s fast enough, I told myself.

2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

Fast enough, yes, until you drive the S. Combine the extra urge with the close-ratio six-speed, and you’ve got a recipe for very rapid progress. And the chassis relishes it. The S almost feels more complete, with the power and handling equal partners in this sports car experience.

For sure it’s more visceral and harder edged. The base car is all sweet and playful whereas the S asks you to grab it by the scruff of the neck and give a good thrashing. If you’re up for it, the rewards are pretty great.

Visually, the Boxster S is separated from the base car by 18-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a central front air intake and a split exhaust tip.

This S didn’t have the optional $2790 PASM (Porsche Active Stability Management) which is something I would seriously consider for this car if I were in the market. The two-stage active damper system takes the sting out of the ride in day-to-day driving but firms up if you get frisky. Set it in Sport mode and the underpinnings stay race-track stiff and a more aggressive throttle map is called up.

2007 Porsche Boxster
2007 Porsche Boxster. Click image to enlarge

There were few options on this tester – the most expensive being the $960 Atlas Grey Metallic paint job. The no-charge Stone Grey top and Stone Grey leather interior made for a very, well, grey Boxster. Certainly wouldn’t be my choice, but heck, when you’re driving this car who really cares what colour it is? That said, I got way more appreciative looks in the yellow car, and it certainly was a cheery sight every morning in my driveway.

Had I the wherewithal, choosing between a base Boxster and the S would be a tough call. The Keeper of the Porsches fancies a base model with the optional $3,752 six-speed manual transmission. I could go for that.

Pricing: 2007 Porsche Boxster

  • Base price: $63,600
  • Options: $7,745 (Black Porsche-lettered mats, $160; Bi-Xenon headlamp package, $1,530; heated seats, $680; 18-inch Boxster S wheels, $1,730; Windstop deflector, $575; automatic climate control, $770; Bose High End Sound Package, $2,300)
  • Freight: $1,085
  • A/C tax: $100
  • Price as tested: $72,510 Click here for options, dealer invoice prices and factory incentives

Pricing: 2007 Porsche Boxster S


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