A 2012 Porsche Boxster S review - an entry level sports car with a supercar's spirit
The 2012 Porsche Boxster S is also known as the 987 and since 2009, the Boxster has been sporting the look (and power) of the second generation 987. The key exterior feature of the 2012 Boxster S is the front fascia which shares a similar styling to the other models in the lineup, including the bright eyed dual-projection headlight assemblies with long horizontal driving lights mounted in the cooling openings of the lower fascia. When the headlights are on, the driving lights serve as foglights but when the headlights are off, these low-mounted lights offer a cool looking daytime running lamp. The headlights are molded into the high rising fenders; looking very much like the Cayman, Panamera and Cayenne along with the previous 911 – which has now been replaced by the refreshed 2012 911.
Along the sides, the 2012 Boxster S features silver painted air intake openings and silver painted split-spoke 18” wheels wrapped in high performance tires. Behind these sharp looking wheels is a set of drilled rotors pinched under bright red painted, Porsche label performance brake calipers. When the black canvas top is up, the car has a sleek roofline although the vehicle looks far more natural with the top down – but that is true of every soft-topped convertible on the market. Once that canvas top is tucked into the rear end of the car, the form of the Porsche supercars from which the Boxster was designed becomes far clearer.