Now within reach: Porsche Boxster, CAR+ May 2016

Published: 01 April 2016

► Now within reach is Porsche’s flat-six Boxster
► Arrival of 718 expected to push prices up
► Limited editions should be top of your shopping list

> Porsche has swapped the Boxster’s naturally-aspirated flat-six for a turbocharged flat-four to achieve the holy trinity of more power, lower emissions and enhanced economy. But a a flat-six is an integral part of a Porsche’s character. So if you want a sonorous and melodic Boxster engine howling behind your ears, now’s the time.

> ‘The arrival of the 718 is going to do great things for the flat-six models,’ says Jason Shepherd from Porsche specialists Paragon. ‘If you’re looking to invest in a low-miler, now would be a good time.’ 

> The key thing is to look for top-spec models. The market is knee-deep in baggy high-milers with less than desirable spec – odd colour/trim combos, aftermarket bits, Tiptronic boxes and no-air-con. They’ll be cheap to buy but will be lucky to hold their value.

> Top of your shopping list should be the collectable and cherished special editions and limited runs, such as the 550 Spyder, RS60 Spyder and Design Edition models. Then take a look at the S models. You’ll be surprised by how little you’ll need to extend your budget to find more rewarding models. You’ll love driving one now – and selling it later.

One we found 

2006 Boxster S 987, 36,800 miles, Manual, FSH, PASM, Sport Chrono Pack £15,995

Read more from the May 2016 issue of CAR magazine

By Ben Whitworth

Contributing editor, sartorial over-achiever, HANS device shirt collars