Chris Harris video: Porsche Boxster S


Despite Porsche's best efforts to steal the show with its beautiful little sports car, the event videographer Neil Carey most wanted to record was me being run over by an acid-toting French septuagenarian on the free bus between the terminals at Nice airport last Friday. Sadly there are no photos of me being comprehensively flattened.

Harris sideways in a Porsche? Never!
Harris sideways in a Porsche? Never!
Fittingly, I've just spent today in a new 991 Carrera S with the even fancier version of the company's new electric power steering system. Having driven both within days of each other, I think it works better in the Boxster. The differences are very small, but the roadster's better weight distribution means it feels more agile and predictable in turns and therefore less in need of a rack that tells you everything that's happening underneath.

I've already written extensively about this new 981 Boxster. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this will be the car to lead Porsche sales in the UK. It's the right car, at the right price, at the right time. The interior is very similar to the 991's, and for something that looks good in a 95K coupe, it's stunning gear in a 40K cooking Boxster.

This is Chris's happy face, no really...
This is Chris's happy face, no really...
Is it fair to assume that most men wouldn't have considered a Boxster before? Not sure. Many blokes I know have had a problem with the image of the car, preferring either a Cayman or a 911 despite actually wanting the quick folding roof. But this time I think the male of the species will flock to buy this car: it's a mini Carrera GT from some angles and has great presence on the road.

Enjoy the vid.

 

 


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  • otolith 26 Jul 2012

    No, there isn't much choice for that part of the Boxster market, I agree. Well, not from the UK, anyway, several other German options.

  • RichB 26 Jul 2012

    otolith said:
    RichB said:
    Why apologise it's at least a suggestion. I know the Elise well, my daughter had one for a few years. My view of it was that while fun it was too raw and basic for anything other than a weekend fun car. It's totally different from the Boxster. Looks like the roof doesn't come off the Evora so not comparable.
    That's what I was getting at about people wanting different things - I'd have had an Exige if I'd been able to get one in budget, so the roof off thing isn't all that important to me (and I'd probably take a Cayman over a Boxster). Porsches are superb at doubling as daily drivers, but actually some of the stuff that puts people off using Elises for that is the same stuff that to me makes them feel special. So, for instance, a cabin that wouldn't raise eyebrows if it were implanted in a high end Audi saloon is not actually a plus point for me for what I use my car for, and likewise the levels of refinement and equipment available.

    If I did want something more civilised and - for want of a better word, it's not quite what I mean - conventional, then that used Evora would be more my cup of tea.
    All valid points in your case, but i) I've got lots of other cars and ii) I was really responding to Pits suggestion that we buy British. One can't get more British than TVR, Aston Martin and Austin Healey but for my wife, who enjoys driving spritedly with the roof off but needs something a tad more practical than an Elise (she is 57 after all) there's nothing...

    p.s. She's expressed an interest in the new Jag F Type, if it happens and is a small as the concept suggests. smile

    Edited by RichB on Thursday 26th July 22:41

  • otolith 26 Jul 2012

    RichB said:
    Why apologise it's at least a suggestion. I know the Elise well, my daughter had one for a few years. My view of it was that while fun it was too raw and basic for anything other than a weekend fun car. It's totally different from the Boxster. Looks like the roof doesn't come off the Evora so not comparable.
    That's what I was getting at about people wanting different things - I'd have had an Exige if I'd been able to get one in budget, so the roof off thing isn't all that important to me (and I'd probably take a Cayman over a Boxster). Porsches are superb at doubling as daily drivers, but actually some of the stuff that puts people off using Elises for that is the same stuff that to me makes them feel special. So, for instance, a cabin that wouldn't raise eyebrows if it were implanted in a high end Audi saloon is not actually a plus point for me for what I use my car for, and likewise the levels of refinement and equipment available.

    If I did want something more civilised and - for want of a better word, it's not quite what I mean - conventional, then that used Evora would be more my cup of tea.


  • jjr1 26 Jul 2012

    The Pits said:
    Saw the new Boxster in the flesh at Goodwood.


    Anyone who thinks it's better looking than the previous car should get their eyes tested.
    Have had my eyes tested and you were correct I needed prescription glasses. Now with 20/20 vision I can say that the new Boxster is commensurately more beautiful than any previous.

    Cheers for the heads up.

  • RichB 26 Jul 2012

    Why apologise it's at least a suggestion. I know the Elise well, my daughter had one for a few years. My view of it was that while fun it was too raw and basic for anything other than a weekend fun car. It's totally different from the Boxster. Looks like the roof doesn't come off the Evora so not comparable.

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