Re: Porsche Boxster: what should Porsche do to improve it?
I bought an old 986 Boxster a few months ago in preference to a Lotus Elise. Like many people I did this because the Boxster doesn’t seeth with anger when you drive in traffic, doesn’t leak from its roof, and doesn’t hurt to get into. Or out of.
I see the Boxster as car for people who love driving, but have to drive every day, in all weathers, in all traffic. It’s happy to burble along at tickover in top gear, but comes alive as soon as you change down a few gears and point it at a corner.
I’m sure Georg Kacher has already told us in Car Magazine that the next Boxster is moving upmarket to make way for a budget Boxster, which leaves me to fear that the next Boxster will be larger and heavier. Porsche will make it more powerful to compensate, such that its performance stats are ever so slightly better than the current car, but still just below 911 territory. It will be objectively better in so many ways, but back-to-back with an early Boxster it will feel too civilised, too much of a cruiser, too much like an Audi. The rumoured sub-baby-Boxster-junior will be a better proposition, but hampered by low power, a heavy cost-saving all-steel body and component-sharing with unmentionable parts of the VW empire.
What Porsche should do:
(1) Make the Boxster visually distinctive. The front end of the first Boxster looked like a 911 because it was the front end of a 911. Times are better now so there’s no reason for quite that level or parts sharing.
(2) Keep the weight down. A more upmarket Boxster could surely have lots of composite or aluminium components. This also might be a cheaper way of keeping emissions down than a hybrid system.
(3) Keep the suspension supple. Leave the medieval-torture sport suspension on the options list.
(4) Also leave the 19” wheels on the options list. The Boxster should be compact and lithe and not suffer distended arches stretched over bling rims.
(5) Keep the manual gearbox. Don’t make it PDK only.
(6) Don’t give it a folding metal roof. Keep the regular soft top.
(7) … er, that’s all I can think of for now.