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


Review and photos by Michael Clark

Photo Gallery: 2007 Porsche Boxster S

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Ahhh, winter. When a jaded prairie auto journalist’s driveway gets convertibles.

Well, at least they have snow tires. Winnipeg may be last on the list for the stops of the Porsche press fleet, but the advantage here is that these press cars have received an average of 15,000 kilometres on the odometer. If there is an item that hasn’t held up to the rigours of testing, I will definitely find it here. This is hardly the case with anything carrying the Stuttgart badge, but what about the Uusikaupunki script? That’s the Finlandian production hometown for the Cayman coupe, and the Boxster rag. This week’s Guards Red (drooooooool) Boxster S model (spastic droooooooooool) six-speed manual fun machine receives the pointyness of my Flying Fickle Finger of Interior Debate. Achtung! Baby, for an MSRP of $80,620, including destination.


Cabin


Controls:

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

It’s the familiar multi-stalk controllers that protrude from the column on the Boxster S, with the understanding that some steering wheels need to be naked. The column has manual tilt and telescoping functions. Both driver and passenger windows enjoy the convenience of express Up or Down. Automatic Climate Control is a $770 bump on the Boxster S. The CDR-24 audio system pumps through seven speakers, with 180 watts of power for your Van Halen collection. The white-face gauges are an easy read, even though most law-abiding citizens will be looking at the digital speedo read-out for the drudgery of the commute.

Top operation is slick and simple; just detach the centre top catch and hit the switch, which takes about 20 seconds in either direction. The soft-top boasts a glass rear window with electric defrost, and plenty of insulation for early November. Power remote exterior mirrors have a slight ‘break-away’ feature, which is spring-loaded in both fore and aft bumpage. Front and rear trunks have power release switches, on the door sill next to the driver’s seat. The integrated rear spoiler can be raised manually, via a dash-mounted switch. Or, just go really fast, on a closed track, to obtain the auto-up feature.

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

Convenience:

There isn’t a cornucopia of cubbies within the Boxster. Or is there? There is a small garage, sans door, below the HVAC controls. The centre console lid has the annoying strap catch on it that I’ve come to loathe. There is a 12-volt DC inlet within, though the tight confines make one wonder just how diminutive your charger and cell phone combo has to be. Apparently, Porsche hasn’t received the memo on the deletion of the smoker’s package. An ashtray and a lighter; it seems so 1998. The inner wall of the passenger footwell has the second full-size 12-volt inlet.

The HomeLink keys are found near the centre top catch real estate. As with most Porsches’, the Boxster S has an abundance of glove-boxes. There is the standard location, of good size, with lockability.

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

The door armrests flip up, revealing even more caverns. Even the rear roll bar/windstop combo has sliding-door secretive places, especially for the removable centre section deflector. (The Porsche Windstop deflector system is a $525 option.) The rear of the seatbacks sport indented alloy coat hooks. Visor mirrors are small, but well lit.

Seats:

Even at Standard Leather trim, the Boxster S seats are very buttah. Heated seats are a $680 option, with two-step warmth. There is a little bit of power, in the way of the seatback reclination for driver and passenger. The rest is manual, including fore and aft, as well as height. These are still the Barca Loungers I want for carrying me to the next life.

Fit and finish:

Wunderbar!

Safety features:

Frontal airbags are complemented by Thorax airbags in the seats, and head/curtain protection that erupts from the doors. It is interesting to note that Porsche tends to shy away from any form of outside crash testing, even in Europe. Hmmmm…

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


Spare/trunks/cargo

That’s right, trunks. The Boxster has both front and rear voidspace. They may not be Costco-savvy, but they can stow plenty of your ‘Factory Outlet’ finds out of sight from your shallow friends. There’s no place to put a spare, so call Porsche’s Roadside Assistance, which is good for four years or 80,000 kms.


Engine

Somewhere under the rear trunk floor is the 3.2 litre flat-six, of some 295 horsepower. You can fill the coolant and the oil. That’s it, and you wouldn’t know how to do anything else anyway, so quit your whining. There isn’t even a dipstick; the oil level is monitored automatically, with top-up alerts on the driver’s info screen.


Clarkey rating

The Boxster, and especially the Cayman, are my all-time favourites from the Porsche stable. Each version proves that something that borders on design from the House of Original Sin can be genuinely practical. Five stars, baby.

Next week: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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