Used 2012 Porsche Boxster Spyder Coupe Review & Ratings

Review & Ratings of the 2012 Porsche Boxster Spyder Coupe

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Porsche: a name synonymous with luxury and sporty style, and the 2012 Porsche Boxster Spyder coupe falls right in line with that image. The Boxster Spyder is based on the iconic Porsche 550 Spyder racing car, which has produced several off-spring models over the years. The Boxster also has an interesting history, however. The Boxster coupe first appeared in late 1996 and held the name of the Boxster 986. This Boxster was later followed by a Boxster S variant in 2000, styling improvements to both vehicles in 2003, and a new generation of Boxsters (the Boxster 987) by 2005. The type 987 was (and still is! a sight to behold with unique styling and extreme power. In 2009, the 987 received several aesthetic and performance upgrades. This Porsche's name 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).

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For 2012, the Porsche Boxster coupe has a starting MSRP around $61,800, which seems very reasonable for the luxury sports class in which its stationed. 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 level. The Boxster Spyder coupe is comes fresh with style and sleekness, but it's a bit bare as far as technology goes, but power is its most important aspect. Though the standard Boxster is powerful enough for most drivers, those that desire more vroom can opt for the sportier Spyder, S, or S Black Edition- all of which increase performance and style. Overall, our review shows that the 2012 Porsche Boxster Spyder features a reasonable price, fantastic handling, and Spyder-like looks that perfectly reference its history. The Spyder coupe translates iconic values into new standards, and through doing so, refines a vehicle concept despite the fact that it has forever been deemed a classic. Aren't these all apparent contradictions? A roadster has never existed in quite this format; it's extremely original, it's gorgeous, inside and out.

Though many elements of the 2012 Porsche Boxster Spyder coupe remain unchanged from the 2011 model year, it has received several upgrades, including a small boost in power- up to 320 horsepower. In fact, the Spyder hasn't changed very much since its inception as a concept car in 1993; Porsche seems to be very happy with the established styling for the vehicle. The Spyder has several available add-ons, but we have to admit its standard features are somewhat lacking.

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