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Why are so many 911&PW op­er­a­tives run­ning 986 Boxsters? Ben­nett ex­plains...

911 Porsche World - - Contents - STEVE BEN­NETT PORSCHEWORLD@CH­PLTD.COM

The ob­vi­ous thing to do in this for­ward fac­ing slot of the mag is to com­ment on the big cover sto­ries and, wor­thy as they are – RPM’S new 996 based CSR EVO, and a twin 964 Turbo test from the an­a­lyt­i­cal pen of Mark Hales – there’s other stuff that’s caught the ed­i­to­rial eye. Like how come the ‘Projects’ sec­tion at the techy rear end of this is­sue is full of 986 Boxsters? It’s not a sud­den thing, granted, but from one 986 Boxster S on the fleet (Dep Ed Brett Fraser’s yel­low peril, now with the added vis­ual im­pact of red wheels), we’re now run­ning three, with the ar­rival of the ir­re­press­ible Johnny Ti­pler’s colour flipped road­ster and news hound Jeremy Laird’s rather more sober sil­ver ma­chine. Really, we might as well change the ti­tle to Boxster & Porsche World.

So what is it with my col­leagues and their Boxsters? Well, at the bot­tom of all this is the in­escapable fact that the 986 Boxster is an en­try level slice of Porsche ge­nius and re­mark­able value for money that, once driven, raises the ques­tion – two seats aside – do you really need any­thing more? Af­ter all, its mid-en­gined, flat-six lay­out is the dic­tionary def­i­ni­tion of ‘han­dling.’ It’s got more than enough power and it sounds truly ex­otic. The roof folds away, which for a sum­mer like the one we’re en­joy­ing at the mo­ment, the Boxster really comes into its own. You’ll never think twice about driv­ing and en­joy­ing a Boxster be­cause of an ever steep­en­ing value curve, which neatly brings us back to its re­mark­able value for money. Hell, why haven’t I got one?

Don’t worry, it’s not all wall to wall Boxsters. We’ll be in­tro­duc­ing some new air-cooled cars to the ‘Projects’ fleet as of the next is­sue...

How come the ‘Projects’ sec­tion of this is­sue is full of 986 Boxsters?

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