2015 Porsche Boxster

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Llucmajor, Mallorca -- Enthusiasts are faced with an increasingly tough decision when selecting a Porsche sports car. The 911 has always been the go-to choice. But Porsche's "entry-level" models -- the Boxster convertible and its hardtop Cayman sibling -- cannot be taken lightly. In fact, many enthusiasts prefer the balanced driving character of the mid-engine Cayman/Boxster duo to that of the 911, with its engine mounted in the rear.
Now, the decision is even harder. Porsche is launching more powerful, more track-capable GTS versions of the Cayman and the Boxster this summer. The output of their 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engines swells by 15 hp, to 340 hp in the Cayman and 330 hp in the Boxster. There's more standard equipment, including the Sport Chrono package with launch control and electrically controlled transmission mounts; and the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which allows the operator to choose different driving settings and lowers the car by 0.4 inch. This means a Boxster GTS or Cayman GTS treads intriguingly close to the base 350-hp 911 while undercutting the flagship model by some $9000 or more.
The GTS label has a noteworthy history at Porsche, having originated on the 904 Carrera GTS race car (which was barely road legal) in 1963. It was used on the 924 and 928 in the 1980s and 1990s and more recently on the 997-generation 911. It's also seen today on the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan. Regardless of the car, or the era, GTS means something to Porsche. "We're trying to translate the GTS, which is comfortable but performance oriented," says Porsche vice president Stefan Weckbach, who's in charge of the Boxster and Cayman line.
We're pondering all of this as we approach a group of red, yellow, blue, and gray Boxsters and Caymans waiting outside our hotel on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It's quite a sight: the cars are literally sparkling in the morning sun. Yes, they're colorful, but the GTS trim gives them a more sinister vibe. "The contrasting color is always black," Weckbach says, and it's used effectively on the air inlets and the front spoilers, which are larger and give the noses of the cars an angrier look. Black gives the bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights a smoky appearance, and the Carrera S wheels can -- and in our opinion should -- be ordered in glossy black as well.
We slip behind the wheel of a gray Boxster, put the top down, and set off. Even though this color is more suitable for a naval vessel, its subtlety allows you to notice the attractive curves of the Boxster.
"Nice car," a local remarks as we cautiously maneuver past him and his canine companion on a narrow road.
"Nice dog," we reply. As we accelerate away, the sport exhaust, which is standard on GTS models, sounds great. It starts at a low rumble, builds to a growl, and culminates with a high-pitched scream as we modulate the throttle and grab the paddle shifters, which respond with satisfying clacks. The exhaust note underscores the energetic feel of the 3.4-liter flat six engine as we blast through tunnels and ascend into the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The roads are tricky, and we encounter bicyclists, stones, trees, and steep drop-offs around seemingly every corner. Still, it's easy to press on, and the precise steering and strong, predictable brakes bolster our confidence.
At a lower velocity, we notice the interior surroundings. The GTS trim provides soft Alcantara suede on the steering wheel, the headliner, the center console, and the seat inserts. It is plush and gives the high-spirited car a luxurious feel.
As much fun as the open-air Boxster is, the Cayman feels even more pure. The fixed roof gracefully blends into the tail of the car over the engine. It has a little more power, it's a little quicker (though you'd be hard-pressed to notice) and it is priced $1700 higher than the Boxster. The Cayman is an excellent track car, too, and we push it through several laps on the Circuito Mallorca. The two-mile track is used mostly for motorcycle racing and has many tight corners. The lithe Cayman, with a curb weight as low as 2965 pounds depending on equipment, is perfect for this setting. It tackles the close quarters with poise and agility, and on the short straight we make use of every one of the 340 available horses.
Coasting into the pit area, it's hard to imagine having much more fun in any Porsche. Sure, you can option out a 911 to near supercar territory, but besides Hurley Haywood or Walter Röhrl, who can really make effective use of all of that power? If you're a dyed-in-the-wool Porsche traditionalist, and only a 911 will do, we're not going to tell you that you're wrong. Still, if you want a modern Porsche that remains true to the history of the brand, the Boxster GTS and the Cayman GTS are both excellent choices.

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS/Cayman GTS

Base Price $74,495/$76,195 (Boxster/Cayman)
Engine 3.4L horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Power 330 hp @ 6700 rpm (Boxster), 340 hp @ 7400 rpm (Cayman)
Torque 273 lb-ft @4500–5800 rpm (Boxster), 280 lb-ft @4750–5800 rpm (Cayman)
Transmissions 7-speed PDK, 6-speed manual
Drive Rear-wheel
Steering Electro-mechanical
Brakes Ventilated discs
L x W x H 173.4 in x 77.9 in x 50.1–50.6 in
Wheelbase 97.4 in
Weight 2965–3164 lb (Boxster), 2965–3175 lb (Cayman)
Cargo volume 5.3 cu. ft. front/4.6 cu. ft. rear (Boxster), 5.3 cu. ft. front/9.7 cu. ft. rear (Cayman)
0-60 mph 4.4s (Boxster), 4.3s (Cayman)
Top speed 174 mph (Boxster), 177 mph (Cayman)
2015 Porsche Boxster
2015 Porsche Boxster

New for 2015

For the 2015 model year, the Porsche Boxster makes the wind deflector standard equipment on base models and adds front and rear park assist, while a rearview camera is an individual option. Also introduced is the more powerful Boxster GTS, which slots in above the Boxster S with more power and active suspension management.

Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engine roadster that sits alongside the hardtop Cayman as entry-level sports cars in the automaker’s lineup. The Boxster GTS comes incredibly close to the more expensive base 911, arguably making the Boxster a better all-around enthusiast’s choice because of excellent balance and near-911 power.


The 2015 Porsche Boxster utilizes two engines and three tunes to flesh out the mid-engine sports car’s model line. Base Boxster models are powered by a 2.7-liter flat-six that produces 265 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, which can be paired with a six-speed manual or the excellent seven-speed PDK automatic. EPA-estimates for the base car are 20/30 mpg (city/highway) and 22/32 mpg with the PDK. The S and GTS share a 3.4-liter flat-six, and both can be equipped with either transmission, but with suspension management software and technology the GTS is more capable on a track. The S models produce 315 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, and GTS models wring 330 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque out of the 3.4-liter mill. EPA-estimates are 20/28 mpg (S, manual), 21/30 (S, PDK), 19/26 mpg (GTS, manual), and 22/31 (GTS, PDK). Yes, the GTS with the PDK is almost as efficient as the less powerful base model with the PDK, and yes, this is a good excuse to get the more powerful model.
Notable features in the 2015 Boxster include a 7-inch infotainment screen, a Bose premium audio system, Bi-Xenon headlights, park assist (front and rear) with a rearview camera, a Sport Chrono package (includes stopwatch, dynamic transmission mounts, sportier engine/chassis/gearbox settings), electronically damped suspension, and a selectable sport exhaust system. Bluetooth and the usual 21st century niceties are also available, as is adaptive cruise control. The electric top is completely automatic, as well, lowering in just 9 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.
The 2015 Porsche Boxster has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

With the introduction of the GTS, we think the 2015 Porsche Boxster just may make a case in favor of the entry-level car versus the icon. For some, nothing but the 911 will do, but for many the Boxster makes a compelling argument. Two seats, 20 horsepower, and $23,000 separate the Boxster GTS from a 911 Cabriolet. Both cars equipped with PDK transmissions post identical performance numbers. In a Driven Review of a 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS we said “if you want a modern Porsche that remains true to the history of the brand, the Boxster GTS and the Cayman GTS are both excellent choices.” If you’re serious about track days, the GTS with the optional carbon-ceramic brakes is the way to go, and in a Driven Review of the lineup of Porsche mid-engine models at the Laguna Seca racetrack we noted “the Cayman GTS and its drop-top twin [Boxster GTS] feel purpose-built for Laguna Seca, track-ready cars that help you learn to be a better driver.”
A problem with the Boxster we also pointed out with the 911 was the difficult to reach limits that, it seems, can only be probed on a racetrack, leaving street driving feeling a bit bland. Interior quality is up from years past, as the “built to price” feel has been all but banished; instead soft-touch and Alcantara abounds. In a three-way comparison with the Boxster S, Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG, and BMW Z4 sDrive35is, the Porsche placed first. “There is very little to fault with the car,” we said. “The ergonomics are a bit of a mess, and the choice of available driver-assistance systems is limited at this point. But there is no doubt that the Porsche has the best (non-carbon-ceramic) brakes, the most attentive steering, the fastest-shifting gearbox, the most riveting grip, and the least compromised ride, even when fitted with 20-inch footwear. It is a seamless performer, athletic yet totally compliant, sharp-edged yet nicely balanced, absolutely focused yet very relaxed.” It’s not perfect, and it’s lost some of the connection of the previous generation with the switch to electric power steering from hydraulic, but it just may be one of the best modern Porsches you can get for the money.

You’ll Like

  • Boxster GTS is surprisingly close in performance to a base 911
  • Plenty of cargo capacity
  • Lighter, quicker, and better than last-gen model

You Won’t Like

  • Electric power steering doesn’t have feedback of old system
  • Gets pricey with options

Key Competitors

  • BMW Z4
  • Audi TT
  • Mercedes Benz SLK-Class
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Porsche 911 Cabriolet


2015 Porsche Boxster GTS Front Three Quarter
A new report from AutoCar says that the rumored entry-level Porsche 718 model has been cancelled. We reported on this model back in June, speculating that it would be smaller and cheaper than the Boxster, with a new four-cylinder engine mounted in the middle. Plans for this model’s aluminum and steel chassis, rumored to be shared with Audi as well, have been nixed, making it an unlikely bet for production anytime soon.

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2015 Porsche Boxster Specifications

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2.7L H6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
265 hp @ 6700rpm
206 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Porsche 911, Boxster, and Cayman vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to September 23, 2014. The front hood upper lock components were not manufactured to specification and may fail to securely latch the vehicle's hood during operation.
A failure of the hood latching mechanism may cause the hood to suddenly open during vehicle operation and will severely impede the driver's ability to see out the front windshield, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the lock on the front hood, free of charge. The recall began December 12, 2014. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AE04.
Potential Units Affected
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

IIHS Front Small Overlap
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash

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