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Car reviews - Porsche - Boxster - convertible

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14 Jun 2001

Boxster comes with two new transmissions which have been specifically developed to mate to the new engine. One is a five- speed manual gearbox while the other is a clutchless five-speed automatic Tiptronic

The power-operated soft-top takes just 12 seconds to open or close and is one of the world's fastest

Total luggage capacity is 260 litres and is split between a front and rear compartment

Porsche claims it is the first production car to use race-developed four-piston mono block brake callipers

The brakes limit fade and allow the Boxster to decelerate from 100km/h to zero in a breathtaking 2.7 seconds

A hard-top and roof-rack system are available at extra cost

Porsche claims this is the first car to use PVC TPO film, which stops windows fogging up and prevents evaporation from plastic surfaces

The sharp steering has 2.4 turns lock to lock

In typical Porsche fashion, the analogue dials are grouped in an arc. Unusually, the car also has digital displays including a speedo readout

The air scoop on the left side of the car supplies cool air to the engine

A small spoiler pops automatically at the back of the car at speeds over 120km/h to help cut drag and reduce lift. It can be raised or lowered manually by an interior switch

MacPherson struts with control arms are used front and rear to help maximise interior room

The headlights combine form and function. A single-piece plastic cover protects the lights and turn indicators from stone damage

The entire front-end styling is shared with the 996 series entry level 911

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Porsche claims the Boxster's shape harks back to the 1950s' 356 and 550 Spyder, the latter driving James Dean to his death

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