The Boxster is a modern classic because it really brought Porsche
back to its roots of building mid-engine cars with a lot of guts
(think 550 Spyder). So it's easy to love a loaded and low mileage
version of this higher performance 2005 Porsche Boxster S.
This was the first year of the second generation Boxster, and the
hotter "S" version solidified its status as an instant collectible
with a larger motor and plenty of added power over the standard
version. But while we'll get to the driving dynamics in a moment,
take some time to appreciate the full package. Arctic Silver
Metallic is an awesome factory color, because after all, silver is
the official racing color of Germany. And on this car, it also has
a timeless elegance. It's a quality application, and on a car that
has only averaged about 2,800 miles annually, it shows far less use
than its contemporaries. So this sunshine-friendly convertible
retains a quality luster on every Sunday drive. The shape of this
car is instantly recognizable. The front end is inspired by its
siblings, the 911 and Carrera GT supercar. And the air intakes just
ahead of the rear wheels and center-exit exhaust system are pure
Boxster cool. Overall, this really does have a terrific blend of
premium and performance, right down to the 911-inspired 19-inch
The brown leather interior is a distinct color against the exterior
silver that still contributes to the overall premium presentation.
The handsome bucket seats are engineered to make sure you always
feel just right. The three-spoke steering wheel feels grippy in
your hands, and it's mounted on a tilt/telescopic steering column.
Beyond that, the gauges are big and easy to read. And because it's
a true Porsche, the tachometer sits boldly in the center to remind
you that the driving experience is this car's top priority. Like
any good premium car, this comes loaded with a power convertible
top, power windows, power locks, cruise control, keyless entry,
power steering, and an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo with Bluetooth.
Plus, the automatic A/C climate control means you can keep the roof
down any dry day you want. Because this is a modern classic, there
are also great safety features like ABS, dual front airbags, and
side airbags. It makes for a great modern driver, and that includes
road trips thanks to the two trunks. Another part that makes this
car such a collectible is that 2005 was the debut of the Sport
Chrono package. The expensive option has the stopwatch integrated
on the top of the dash. It's meant for keeping track of lap times,
but really, it's just the kind of distinguishing features that fans
love to see.
It's important to recognize the little "S" on this car because it
makes a huge difference. Porsche upgraded the Boxster S to a
3.2-liter flat-six, which was worth a 16% jump in horsepower. Its
distinctive boxer motor sound and performance exhaust will have you
blipping the throttle under every overpass. And you have complete
control over this soundtrack thanks to the six-speed manual
transmission. The feeling on the road is an experience you'll love
thanks to the well-balanced mid-engine design and Porsche's fully
independent performance suspension. Plus, bright red calipers
highlight the four-wheel disc brakes, and the total performance
package is finished off with Bridgestone performance tires.
Complete with owner's manual, this Boxster is an affordable
indulgence that drives with the feeling of well-maintained quality.
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