For most drivers the problem with the Porsche Boxster is that it’s not as capable in the corners as the Porsche Cayman and it’s not as attractive as the 911. The main accusation from motorists is that the car is for posing around. If you listened to the critics you would believe that it’s not a driver’s car and nothing special on the track, but those assessments have stuck with the car since the first model was released in 1996 and haven’t taken into account the latest model or the S variant or the PDK gearbox.
Porsche’s double clutch transmission system for the Boxster is very similar to the one used in the 911. Drivers have seven gears to play with that are controlled by silver switches mounted on the steering wheel. The forward for up and back for down gear shift is also the same, which some drivers think is the wrong way around.
With a PDK gearbox, the Porsche Boxster S accelerates faster and uses less fuel than models with the conventional transmission. The fuel economy is down to the additional seventh gear that’s taller than the sixth gear in the standard car. The PDK gearbox shaves off a tenth of a second in the 0-62 mph drag but 1 mph is lost in overall speed, so a Boxster S with PDK tops out at 169 mph. At 1,380kg the PDK version’s 25kg heavier but it produces a combined 30mpg, which is a fraction better than the 29.7mpg Porsche are quoting for the manual.
Another major difference between the standard and PDK versions is the price tag. At £2,000 more the PDK’s fuel economy figures don’t allow drivers the comforting thought that they’ll make the price difference back by using less fuel. The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutch gearbox is also available with the standard Boxster.