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PROS

Wonderful engines, intoxicating driving experience, superbly balanced, useful boot space

CONS

Poor standard equipment levels

PROS

Wonderful engines, intoxicating driving experience, superbly balanced, useful boot space

CONS

Poor standard equipment levels

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The Boxster is the entry-level into Porsche ownership, but don't think this makes owning one any less special. It's just as well engineered, equally great to drive, sounds sublime and costs far less than a 911. Put simply, two-seater open-top sports cars don't come any better than this. There's a choice of two engines, both of which are flat-six 'boxer' units that emit an unmistakeable sound and provide superbly smooth acceleration.

Then there's the handling. Thanks to a taut frame and perfectly weighted steering the Boxster is a delight to drive while the superbly balanced chassis lets you know exactly what's going on beneath you. The electric roof is straightforward to lower and with it down buffeting is minimal while the Porsche doesn't lose any if it's rigidity. In fact the only gripe is the lack of standard kit and the expensive options list.

If you want more even more exclusivity a limited edition RS60 Spyder edition was launched in March 2008. In early 2009 the Boxster was revised with a minor facelift including new light clusters. More significantly, both engines were replaced with more powerful units, giving even stronger performance. An optional PDK twin-clutch automatic gearbox was also introduced.

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