The Boxster S has received the majority of the press leaving the base Boxster out in the cold so to speak. This is the first test posted that PorscheBoost has come across featuring the base Boxster equipped with the 2.7 liter flat-6 putting out 265 horsepower and mated to the 6-speed manual transmission. Acceleration performance from this motor and transmission combo is a very respectable 14.0@103 in the 1/4 mile.

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With the PDK transmission this would likely approach E46 M3 acceleration figures which is very impressive for a 265 horse motor. The 3035 pound curb weight certainly helps. Not just in acceleration but the handling figures as well with 1.01g pulled on the skidpad.

Even a stripped down Boxster does not come cheap at $66,100 as tested. This car is a great value in the Porsche lineup however and quite simply an excellent drivers car.

Specifications >VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door roadster

BASE PRICE: $50,450

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 165 cu in, 2706 cc
Power: 265 hp @ 6700 rpm
Torque: 206 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

Wheelbase: 97.4 in
Length: 172.2 in
Width: 70.9 in Height: 50.1 in
Curb weight: 3035 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 5.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.3 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 31.5 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.3 sec
Standing -mile: 14.0 sec @ 103 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 168 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 145 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.01 g

EPA city/highway: 20/30 mpg
C/D observed: 21 mpg

Click here to enlargeTEST NOTES: Rotation can be triggered easily by use of throttle, brakes, steering, or combinations of the above. An abrupt clutch engagement above 5000 rpm returns the best acceleration.