The 2012 Porsche Boxster is a mid-engine roadster that is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-6 engine that produces 255 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the Boxster S trim grants the driver a 3.4-liter flat-6 engine that produces 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Additional trims include the light-weight Boxster Spyder and Black Edition Boxster, both of which produce 320 hp and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. All Boxster models are RWD and come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Boxster gets an EPA estimated 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Options include PDK transmission, Porsche Communication Management system, Bose® sound system, hardtop, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Safety is comprised of 6 airbags, Porsche Stability Management, Porsche Side Impact Protection, vehicle tracking system/anti-theft protection, and advanced four-piston aluminum monoblock brake calipers. The Boxster is backed by a 4-years/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Boxster returns largely unchanged, save for the addition of a new Black Edition trim level. The Black Edition, available on S models, features a special all-black exterior and interior color scheme, and includes a number of additional standard features over the regular S model. Only 987 examples will be built.
Superb steering and handling, top-level overall performance in an easy-to-live-with package
The Porsche Boxster is one of the most inexpensive new Porsche sports cars available, but that doesn't mean it isn't pure Porsche through and through. The Boxster is known for its excellent handling and balance, just like its older brother, the 911, and a variety of trim levels allow buyers to select just how much performance they'd like. For a base price of around $50k, the Boxster is a great deal, with better handling than the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Nissan 370Z.