German luxury brand Porsche has long been known for its sleek and sexy sports cars, and the Porsche Boxster S coupe doesn't disappoint. Porsche achieved near-perfection in this model, which is based on Intelligent Performance. Power output is increased- but not at the expense of efficiency. The Boxster S is truly the best of both worlds. The original Porsche Boxster first appeared in late 1996 and was called the Boxster 986. This Boxster was later followed by a Boxster S variant in 2000, styling upgrades to both in 2003, and a new generation of Boxsters (the Boxster 987) by 2005. More powerful than its predecessor and featuring unique styling inspired by the Porsche Carrera GT, the type 987 was truly inspirational. The Boxster also holds the honor of being the first roadster built by Porsche since the iconic 550 Spyder. In 2009, the Boxster received several cosmetic and performance upgrades. As far as its name is concerned, the Boxster references the word "boxer," which is seen in the coupe's "boxer" engine and is combined with the word "roadster" (referencing the car's convertible top and 2-seat capacity). A 2013 Porsche Boxster will soon be available, but, until then, the 2012 is the newest Boxster S model.
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For 2012, the Porsche Boxster S coupe has a starting MSRP around $70-thousand- a figure that's very reasonable-especially compared to competing luxury sports cars. In fact, the Boxster's creation marked a new, less pricey era in Porsche convertible cars. After review, we find the Boxster to be inspiring- both on an emotional level and a more rational performance-based one. The Boxster S coupe is fitted with outstanding style inside and out, and though the standard Boxster is powerful enough for most drivers, after review, we believe the S variant to be the best pairing of style and performance. Spyder and S Black Edition variants are also available- which both up style and performance, but you'll find plenty of both in the standard, sporty Boxster S. Overall, our review shows that the 2012 Porsche Boxster features impressive handling, a decent price, and a great new interpretation of Roadster style. The Boxster has stayed competitive within its tough market through careful evolution and small, practical changes. Drivers of Boxster models over the years have become dedicated enthusiasts of the vehicle, especially its ability to drive hard and fast. There's no real match for it on the market in terms of everything it offers drivers.