2009 Porsche Boxster S

Don Sherman
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The PDK box's track mode holds each gear to the redline, and downshifts entering bends are smoother and quicker than you can say "heel and toe." That's great, because maintaining a grip on the wheel and tapping the spoke-mounted shift buttons on cue is a challenge. When this shortcoming was voiced to R&D boss Wolfgang Durheimer, he confided that a fix - optional paddle shifters - is in the works. We are thrilled.

The $64 question is whether these Boxster/Cayman improvements will be enough to sway Porsche's die-hard rear-engine contingent in favor of the company's theoretically superior driveline configuration. We're guessing no. But as long as Porsche continues serving both camps, we have nothing to complain about.

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