Boxster is a knock­out

The only thing wrong with this rag­top is that we can­not af­ford it

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

long over­hangs, and even its base en­gine, a 2.5-litre flat-six hid­den be­hind the well-styled heads of its oc­cu­pants, hardly set the Boxster up as a bareknuck­led brute.

Now, in its third gen­er­a­tion, the Boxster has be­come a true threat to the 911.

VALUE

It is a ques­tion with more than a sin­gle an­swer. The base Boxster is ar­guably the most bril­liant of pack­ages and its value equa­tion when put down to per­for­mance and abil­ity for your buck is al­most un­ri­valled — as long as you stay away from the ex­pen­sive op­tions list.

Even a Mazda MX-5 reaches into the $50,000s now, and a base Boxster at $107,500 is eas­ily dou­ble the car. Also, the new car has had a $1400 price rise, which is worth it for the new ad­di­tions.

The S al­most ru­ins the base car for you— its bark, its bite, its pu­rity— but its value propo­si­tion at $133,800 is harder to ar­gue, and the beau­ti­ful seven-speed dual-clutch auto (PDK) is a $5300 ask.

Go the knuckle: The third­gen­er­a­tion Boxster is a real threat to the 911

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