Porsche Boxster (2012-2016) review - all the sportscar you might ever need - Performance and 0-60 time

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Performance and 0-60 time

It isn’t just the base 261bhp 2.7-litre Boxster that loves (indeed, needs) to rev when asked to stretch its legs, the 3.4-litre S relies on its top end to provide the real kick in its performance, too. Its flat-six engine simply isn’t endowed with masses of low- and mid-range torque, so it’s perhaps just as well that its heady red line isn’t there for show.

From a gravelly, hollow throb at low revs, the engine spins with building smoothness, urgency and aural aggression while the spot-on ratios and butter-slick gearchange combine to make wringing every last one of the 311bhp a rare and exhilarating pleasure.

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The experience is even better with the optional sports exhaust fitted, especially if you appreciate all the crackling explosions on the overrun at high revs. Subjectively it makes the Boxster S feel even quicker than its claimed 0-62mph time of 5.1sec, though, at the sprint benchmark, the 2.7-litre car isn’t that far behind at 5.8sec. Flat out, however, the S hits 173mph, a good 10mph up on the base model.

If that isn’t quite enough, there’s always the GTS which raises the Boxster’s firepower to 325bhp and 273lb ft – making it 14bhp and 8lb ft punchier than the S – and, in league with the lower, tauter and more amply-booted chassis, delivers the mid-engined roadster’s best game, even if the on-paper performance stats (0-62mph in 5.0sec and 174mph) are only marginally improved.

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The GTS is truly the pick of the bunch, bringing together all of the Boxster's strong points and simply ramping them up a notch. It feels like an extremely well rounded package and, if you can afford it, is worth the extra investment.

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