The 2012 Porsche Boxster S drive review: 0-Awesome in under 5 seconds
This is part two of our review of the 2012 Porsche Boxster S where we take a look at the driving experience of the topless German sports car. Click here for part 1 where we took a closer look at the design and interior layout of the Boxster S.
It only takes a few minutes of driving the 2012 Porsche Boxster S to know that this is truly a driver’s car. As soon as you fire up the 3.4L Boxster engine, the rumble of the engine right behind you serves as a precursor to the driving excitement that you are about to experience. The exhaust tone of the Boxster S is interesting, as when you first fire it up, the engine offers a very proud idle but when you are cruising around town at low speed and low RPM, the engine is incredibly quiet. However, when you crank into the RPMS - and the 2012 Boxster S LOVES the big RPMs - the engine and exhaust make your presence known with a roar that should bring a smile to the faces of even the proudest V8 lovers. While some may look at the fact that the 2012 Boxster S “only” has 310 horsepower and 266lb-ft of torque, with a curb weight under 3,000 pounds and an aggressive gearing setup applied to the mid-engine design, the Boxster is willing and able to keep up with some of the fastest V8-powered vehicles on the road. The weight distribution allows the rear wheel drive Boxster to get excellent traction on a hard launch and when the tires do spin a bit, Porsche’s traction control system engages to settle the wheels down without slowing the car down a ton like some other automakers’ traction aides. The Boxster surely wasn’t designed and built to be a drag car but in my experiences, it will easily hold its own against most of the new cars sold in America today.
When you launch the 2012 Porsche Boxster S hard from a stop, the car moves out quickly and it becomes very obvious that this is a very quick little car but when you get into the higher RPM range - the 3.4L Boxer engine truly shines. The Boxster S pulls hard between 4,000 and 7,000 RPM, and when you shift from gear to gear the engine speed drops very little so the acceleration is steady throughout the gears and power band. Even when cruising on the open road in 6th gear at 70mph, when the need arises to pull out and pass another vehicle - or to simply hand a Corvette owner his pride in a neat little package - the Boxster is very happy to quickly climb well past the century mark while providing an always luxurious and comfortable ride. While some vehicles can feel increasingly unstable as speeds get higher and higher, the Boxster S feels just as smooth and confident at 100 as it does at 65. Also, no matter how fast you are going, the Boxster seems to always want to go faster…as if the 3.4L engine just behind the cockpit is acting like a devil on your shoulder - just begging you to put the pedal to the floor and test the 160+ mile per hour top speed.