2014 Porsche Boxster Overview
- Redesigned in 2013
- Two-seat, soft-top convertible roadster
- Boxster and Boxster S models offered
The 2014 Porsche Boxster returns, still riding high from fresh redesign last year that brought numerous upgrades inside and out to what many would consider one of the best convertible motoring experiences available.
The Boxster has been more or less the same shape since its debut in the mid-1990’s and its latest silhouette is cut from the same cloth. Up front the stacked headlights bulge above the fenders and feature LED daytime running lights below. 2013’s redesigned added pronounced air intakes cut into the sides which sit just in front of the rear wheels, as well as more distinct lines and a rear spoiler that flows seamlessly into the taillights. It is the most aggressively styled Boxster ever and also features a wider track and lowered ride height. The electric soft-top can open and close in nine seconds and operates at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Mechanically, improvements have been made in several key areas. Electronic power steering has been added, weight has been shed, and the rear-wheel drive Boxster’s two engines are brand new as well. The first is a 265-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-six which is smaller than the outgoing engine in terms of displacement but offers extra horsepower. Boxster S models get a larger 315-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat-six that has five more horsepower. The two transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Boxster’s mid-engine setup provides numerous benefits when it comes to balance and handling. Boxsters have always been a blast to drive and this latest version is no exception. Some have cited the Boxster for a lack of pure straight-line speed, but we think it more than makes up for that supposed lack of power in steering feel and ride quality. Fuel economy has improved to 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway for Boxster models (20/30 with the manual) and 21/31 mpg city/highway for the Boxster S (20/28 with the manual).
The Boxster’s interior has been redone as well, with premium materials and a padded dashboard. Standard interior features include Bluetooth connectivity, sport seats, auxiliary audio input, and a pair of LCD screens: a 4.6-inch screen in the instrument panel and a 7-inch touch screen in the dash. There are also available options such as power/heated seats, HD Radio, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a Bose premium stereo which make the Boxster even more luxurious.
Safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, front and side airbags, and an electric parking brake.