Porsche Boxster (2012 onwards)
What is it?
This is the third-generation Porsche Boxster, and it is sensational.
We could almost leave it at that. But we have to justify borrowing one for a week somehow, and anyway, there's so much good to say about this car it would be criminal not to indulge ourselves. Let's start with the basics.
The entry-point to the Porsche range, the Boxster is a two-seater roadster with a fully-automatic fabric folding roof. Power is provided by a high-tech direct injection flat-six mounted amidships right behind the cabin, flagellating the rear wheels via a choice of manual or PDK transmission. All new from the ground up, a longer wheelbase, less weight and a much more decisive exterior appearance give the third-gen greater focus and presence, while the spacious interior follows all the latest Porsche design cues.
The result is a compact exotic that's now every bit as eye-opening to look at as it is to drive.