To some motorists the Porsche Boxster is a bit of a hairdresser’s car. More for posing than for performance. That’s been the case ever since the car was launched in 1996, but the arrival of the Cayman in 2006 helped to push more people towards that way of thinking. Although the open top Porsche is a flash car that will attract a lot of attention, it’s also a quick one and if you’d really like to find out the limits of Porsche’s baby speedster, the car of choice is the Porsche Boxster S PDK.
The S variant of the Boxster adds 50 hp to the standard car as it’s equipped with the 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine rather than the 2.7 litre. That means a 0-62 mph time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 169 mph. If that’s not enough to change your mind on the Porsche, then you’ll have to buy a Boxster S with the PDK gearbox.
Porsche’s double-clutch transmission adds £2,000 to the purchase price of the S, but it improves the performance and the economy. The 0-62 mph time is cut by 1 tenth of a second and the economy is improved to 29.7mpg. The unit Porsche has installed is very similar to the one found in the 911, so there’s an extra gear over the manual version. The seventh gear is taller than the sixth in the standard S, which is why economy is improved, and the other ratios are closer, which accounts for the quicker acceleration.
As Porsche’s PDK gearbox adds a bit more pace and performance to the Boxster it’s an ideal car for track days. The S managed an 8 minutes 10 seconds time around the Nurburgring, which is just 6.0 seconds slower than the Porsche Cayman S, so there’s enough substance to go with the style.