2009 Porsche Boxster S

You could blindfold me, throw me in a car, fire up the engine, and I'll tell you if it's a Porsche or not. The distinct sound of a Porsche boxer six is one of the most recognizable sounds in the automotive world; it never gets old, and most importantly, it never disappoints. When the chance to drive a Porsche Boxster S for an evening arose, I jumped to the occasion. Then I giggled all the way to the parking garage with keys in hand.

Our test unit was equipped with Porsche's PDK transmission, a $3420 option. While the PDK pulls off lightning-fast shifts that are smoother than any driver could duplicate, there's just something missing when a sports car only has two pedals to work with. As if any Porsche should need a sport button, but the car would've benefited greatly had it been equipped with the $1320 Sport Chrono Package, which as Phil noted adds a sport mode.

This Boxster S came with $7500 in options including: $500 for heated seats, $900 for ventilated seats, and $695 for Bluetooth. If it were buying one, I'd ditch all three of these; opt for the manual transmission, pick up the Sport Chrono Package for $960, and a limited-slip differential for $950, and then find the nearest race track.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor"...the aural goodness of the Porsche in-line six is far more rewarding. Long live the Boxster." In-line six???

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