Its power and handling make this car more than simply fun to drive--it demands that the driver push it hard. But the cabin electronics we tested on this one were only average, leaving us listening to the engine rather than the stereo.
The sleek Porsche Boxster S is designed to go fast. The little two-seater has a convertible top and a 3.4-liter horizontal six-cylinder engine buried near the chassis, behind the seats.
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The power convertible top comes down quickly on the Boxster S. The car's variable ratio steering gives the car more direct handling when the wheel is turned more than 15 degrees. Bi-xenon headlights are optional.
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Four piston calipers employ antilock braking technology to grip the car's standard cross-drilled brake discs.
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The engine makes a throaty rumble that will delight the ears of any sports car aficionado.
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Our test car came with a full leather interior in a beautiful cocoa brown. The cabin of the Boxster S has a luxurious feel.
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The switch gear on the stereo and climate controls are very refined, although potentially too small for easy usability. The standard stereo has a single CD slot that doesn't read MP3s.
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A convenient spring-loaded plastic rack holds two CDs in the glove compartment. It's a nice thought, but two CDs isn't a whole lot of music.
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The three-spoke steering wheel isn't weighed down by stereo or cruise controls. The instrument cluster features a large tachometer right in the middle, with the speedometer off to the side.
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The six-speed manual is a joy to use in this car. It's precise, but instead of snapping into place, it slips into each gear like a well-worn groove.
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There is storage space under the hood and a spot for a six-CD changer, which is optional.
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More storage space is available in the trunk, which probably gives the Boxster S more cargo space than most other roadsters.