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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Porsche Boxster

From the base Boxster to the more powerful Spyder and Black versions, this little drop-top has been a beloved classic in Porsche’s popular high-end sports car line since its inception in 1996. The combination of style, fun, and performance come together with driver interaction in an intricate, soul-stirring dance. While Audi and Benz may be able to rival the creature comfort factor to some degree, nothing says sports car like a Porsche.

Key Features

Heated glass rear window and a power-operated canvas top are standard, along with a basic stereo system. Optional additions include an Active Suspension System (which individually dampens each wheel based on conditions), and rear parking sensors – which are recommended because the Boxster has a considerable blind spot.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 model year remained virtually the same as the previous year, as the planned 2013 overhaul was underway.

What We Like

Braking is fantastically responsive, handling is superior, and the steering offers a visceral connection between driver and car. PDK dual-clutch transmission offers incredibly smooth shifting due to the separation of odd and even gears into separate boxes. Dry sump lubrication allows for consistent, even oil distribution despite gravitational influences. Trunk space – in both front and back – is surprisingly sufficient for a small sports car.

What Concerns Us

Wind noise at highway speeds can impact listening enjoyment with the stock radio option, so upgrading to the 10-speaker Bose is advisable. The Boxster may not be the best choice for tall people, and optional features quickly drive the affordable (for its class) price upward.

Available Models

  • The base Boxster comes with a 2.9L flat 6-cylinder 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic with 214 lb.-ft. of torque, 255 HP, and 19/27 mpg manual, 20/29 mpg automatic.
  • The Boxster S is powered by a 3.4L flat 6-cylinder, 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic with 266 lb.-ft. of torque, 310 HP, and 19/26 mpg manual, 20/29 mpg automatic.
  • Both the Spyder and Black variants sport a 3.4L flat 6-cylinder 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic with 273 lb.-ft. of torque, 320 HP, and 19/27 mpg manual, 19/26 mpg manual Black edition, and 20/29 mpg automatic.

Major Recalls

In September 2011 Porsche issued a recall due to the possibility that holes in the seatbelt anchor plates were too small, which could potentially cause a malfunction in the seatbelt in the event of a crash. The company notified owners and offered to fix the issue free of charge.

Common Issues

There are no registered complaints regarding issues with this model.

Porsche Boxster 2012 Interior


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