Hollywood executives aren’t the only ones who seem to come up with similar ideas all at the same time. When Porsche introduced the original Boxster, back in 1997, it hit market about the same time as several other European roadsters, notably including the Mercedes-Benz SLK and BMW Z3.
The Porsche Boxster was clearly the sportiest of the three – though no one would likely confuse it with the German maker’s classic sports car, the 911. It didn’t have the style, the body stiffness, the power or the performance. It was, by comparison, something of a youthful toy.
To its credit, each successive generation of the Boxster has gotten better and better. And during its unveiling in Geneva, last March, when we asked Porsche chief designer Michael Mauer what the goal was with the all-new model his response was simple: “to make it more mature.” After spending a couple days with the 2013 Porsche Boxster we’d have to say that nails it.
If there’s a downside, it’s something Porsche should worry about. The new model is so solid, so nimble and so attractive that those 911 wannabes who might otherwise have to strain to get into the flagship model might now comfortably enjoy – rather than settle for – the Boxster as an alternative.