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2010 Porsche Boxster Performance

This performance review was written when the 2010 Porsche Boxster was new.

Critics rave about the 2010 Boxster's strong powertrain options and superb handling capabilities. Though some competitors may be faster off the line, few connect as well with drivers as the Boxster.

  • "Some less-expensive sports cars challenge Boxster on a fun-per-dollar basis, and some like-priced competitors deliver more outright power. Few, however, match this 2008 Recommended pick's range of strengths: road manners and mechanical sophistication to satisfy the most discriminating driver, a good dose of everyday usability, and the cachet of the Porsche name." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

The Boxster's smooth and powerful powertrain options leave test drivers impressed. The base-trim Boxster features a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 214 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 - 5,500 rpm. The Boxster S, however, comes equipped with a more powerful 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Standard on the base and S trim is a six-speed manual transmission. However, a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission is optional, and features both manual gearshift and automatic modes.

According to Porsche, the base-trim Boxster can reach a top speed of 163 mph with the manual transmission and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds with the PDK. Even faster, the Boxster S has a maximum speed of 170 mph with the manual transmission, and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds with the PDK.

The EPA rates the Boxster's city/highway fuel economy as ranging from 19/26 mpg to 20/29 mpg, depending on trim and transmission.

  • "The 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine buzzes nicely with 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Really, this car wants to go fast. If you attempt a slow start from a stop, it hesitates slightly as if it's egging you on to push a little harder. When you do, it bolts like an escaping stallion." -- Detroit News
  • "Both acceleration and deceleration were easy, confident -- accomplished with no upsetting weight shifts or disturbing gear changes. Credit for that performance goes both to the Boxster S's seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and its reconfigured chassis." -- Washington Post
  • "Any Boxster has smooth, ready power for any situation. S versions are particularly strong as engine speed rises. Manual-transmission models have smooth, easy shifter and clutch action. The automatic is responsive, and its manual shift gate works better than most rival systems, but it's still not the ideal choice for this sports car." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Withall that power at the rear wheels it doesn't take long to ramp up to highway speeds and beyond, and with the Boxster's unique instrument design, where the speedo shows tighter 5 mph increments than average cars, it doesn't look like you're traveling anywhere near as quickly as you are both on the gauge and overall, in the car. " -- Automobile.com
  • "With either transmission, EPA fuel economy estimates are reasonable for a car with such stellar performance potential." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

According to most test drivers, the Boxster is a well-balanced and thrilling sports performer.  Despite its chop-top design, it conquers twists, turns and straight-aways with ease.

  • "The nearly perfect 50-50, front-rear weight balance was there in the new car -- making it wonderfully agile and enjoyable on drives around West Virginia's winding mountain roads and, perhaps, seducing me into going faster than was comfortable for my wife, Mary Anne." -- Washington Post
  • "Porsche was wise enough to leave the rest of the Boxster S alone, so the tactile delights that are the Boxster's steering, brakes, and handling all remain undisturbed and as pure as they've ever been." -- Car and Driver
  • "The low, light body helps the Boxster handle most any corner with a thoroughbred's skill. It chews through corners; its steering is scalpel-exact with a weight and resistance that defines the feed back an every day racer wants." -- Detroit News
  • "Invigorating. Steering feel is natural, communicative, and responsive. Boxster is rock-steady on straightaways and agile and balanced in corners. Grip is tenacious in turns, and the brakes provide outstanding stopping control." -- Consumer Guide
Review Last Updated: 4/13/10

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