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2012 Porsche Boxster Spyder

2012 Porsche Boxster Review

(0 Stars)  Still the one.

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Overview
An all-new Boxster is right around the corner, likely due sometime in 2012. Despite--or maybe even because of--that fact, we wouldn't overlook the current car. The Boxster, nearly fifteen years since its debut, remains an exquisite, focused driving machine. The most focused Boxster of them all, the Spyder, puts out 320 hp and keeps its weight below 3000 pounds--a feat for modern cars--by dispensing with such frivolities as a power-operated top, air-conditioning, and, um, inner door handles (there are fabric straps instead). Driving the Spyder is marvelous, to say the least. It essentially educates the palette for how steering should feel, how a suspension should respond, and how an engine should howl. Of course, the cheaper, more livable, less-decal-laden Boxster and Boxster S are not far off in terms of perfection. There are a few nits we can pick. The steering-wheel shift buttons for the optional seven-speed automatic, for instance, are uninvolving and counterintuitive. You can get shift paddles, but it will cost you. Indeed, some will balk at the lack of standard equipment--for instance, power seats--on a car that starts at nearly $50,000. For that price, though, the Boxster offers a better driving experience than do cars costing four times as much.

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2012 Boxster Spyder Convertible Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.4L horizontally opposed 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 314 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
14.3gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 320 hp @ 7,200 rpm; 273 ft lb of torque @ 4,750 rpm

'12 Porsche Spyder Standard Equipment

  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
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