I had the opportunity to drive the Boxter S today. Took it through various urban driving conditions, highways and eventually through the hills for some twisty bits. It was a soft top spec with tiptronic.
I was impressed that I could comfortably get into the car. I was further impressed when I saw it had no clutch pedal
The seats were comfortably, the leg room was sufficient and so was the headroom. However, I do have doubts that I'd be able to wear a helmet in it
I gave it a bit of a spurt as I pulled out of the car park. The acceleration was nice and smooth. I didn't like the pitchy engine noise and rattling I was getting as I was accelerating on 2nd gear up to 6500rpm, but I reminded myself that this is a sports car, not a super duper charged V10 family sedan
Going through traffic on a typical urban road was quite a chore. I tried to dismiss any negative thoughts by telling myself that this is a sports car, not a super duper charged V10 family sedan with extremely comfortable and versatile permium leather seats...but it didn't work. I felt every bump, curve and pothole that existed. It was then that I concluded there is no way I could live with a car like this as a daily driver.
Whilst at the lights just before the highway entrance I ensure the car was set for 'max thrill' mode...gears were set to M, and err....hmm...that was it
Lights turned green, I floored it and the engine flared up, the sound was loud...a bit tinny..but loud. I waited for the torque to kick in...and waited...and waited...past 6500rpm..no neck breaking experience but I felt like I was going fast..until I looked at the speedo which indicated 70km/h. "WTF???!!" I thought to myself.....this car is too slow
As I got to 100km/h on 4th, I thought this car just has no guts, so I dropped it to 3rd with my foot planted into the ground. The engine roared once again. "Here we go.." I said to myself. I watched the speedo climb 101...102....103...waiting...105...waiting....107..."oh better stop here as I don't want to break the law" I thought
It was then I concluded that this car is just not fast enough, it also lacked guts at higher speeds. Then I reminded my self that this is a sports car, not a super duper charged V10 family sedan with extremely comfortable and versatile permium leather seats and 507hp with 500Nm of torque
I eventually got to the start of the twisty bits..approach speed at 70km/h..dropped to 3 and floored it. There was a lot of engine noise, a lot of road noise, a lot of rattling and a bit of speed build up. As I approached the first turn, a turn which I have gone through countless of times, I decided I wouldn't need to brake that much as I wasn't going fast anyway. Got a glimpse of the speedo and I saw that I was about to enter the turn at a speed faster than my normal. Where did it suddently pick up speed?? Too late to do much about it I just turned, prepared to feather the brakes and throttle in case I lose the tail....oversteer!...woah!..corrected the steering the nose reacted immediately...no whippy tail, no screeching
"gee that was fun" I thought
2nd tight turn was now fast approaching...taped the brakes dropped to 2nd and turned...felt that I was too slow so I throttled up. I thought the tail was going to come loose ever so slightly but I kept on the throttle. Almost as quickly that I felt the tail was coming loose the feeling went away..she stayed planted as I powered through the turn..."WOOOAAAHHHHH"....that was really fun
It was then I resigned that this was a sports car, not a super duper charged V10 family sedan with extremely comfortable and versatile permium leather seats and 507hp with 500Nm of torque and weights 1880kgs
I completed the run with a smile on my face.
Conclusion...the Boxter S just lacks the power for me. However, what a fun..no..a really fun car to drive through the twisty bits. The speeds that I was going through the turns were at least 10% faster than I would in the M5 and the car stayed planted. The feeling of the tail wanting to come loose is just that, a feeling. It'll take a lot more to throw the tail out but I wasn't going to find the limit on a public road as I am a responsible driver who sticks to the speed limit...*cough*
I need to get a Porsche...but I can't live with it as a daily driver...it'll drive me nuts. The Boxter S, for me, would get a rating of 6/10. It gave me a good deal of fun through the twisties but everything else was just frustrating. A 911 Carrera S or above...now that's a different story