I’ve just been writing a piece for GT Porsche magazine about buying cheap Boxsters and I dusted off a book about the development of the original Boxster in the mid 1990s. It’s a lovely tome, with stunning photography, and shows how the Boxster’s taut lines were influenced by both the original Porsche ‘Number One’ and the famous 550 Spyder. Flicking through it, I began to realise that the first Boxster had a wonderful purity of line – everything about it was designed for a reason and there were no unnecessary adornments. It’s just like the first 996 in that respect. It’s […]
I had a visit from fellow GT Porsche contributor Peter Morgan last week and, as ever, we had a good chat about the world of Porsche. Peter mentioned that he’d recently written an article on the M96 and M97 engines used in the Porsche 996, 997, Boxster and Cayman up until around 2008. Peter and I agreed that a lot of nonsense had been written about these engines and their supposed issues – mainly with bore scoring and IMS (intermediate shaft) failure – have been blown out of all proportion. I’ve addressed this in a previous blog post and, naturally, I was keen […]
The Porsche 996 was the first 911 to feature a modern climate control system – set the desired cabin temperature and the electronics would do the rest. At the heart of the system is a control box in the centre console with buttons and a large, clear LCD display. It works very well but, as the cars get older, it’s becoming common to find faulty LCD screens – usually one corner fails leading to an orange smudge. The same unit is used in early Boxsters, too, by the way. I had one of these recently and Porsche quoted me […]
We were first introduced to the Porsche Boxster back in 1993, when Porsche unveiled its stunning Boxster concept car at the Detroit Motor Show. With fake tortoise shell trim and cool interior fans, it was a stunning car. The production Boxster that followed wasn’t as exotic in its detailing but remained true to the spirit and styling of the Boxster concept.
I was at a photoshoot for GT Porsche magazine yesterday, with a group of Porsche Boxsters and Caymans. All great cars, but one that stood out for me wasn’t actually part of our shoot but rather another one that was taking place at the same time. And the car was a 1986 Porsche 924S, which also created a lot of interest from the Boxster and Cayman owners. My first Porsche was a 924 so it brought back happy memories. The 924 was Porsche’s entry-level car, launched in 1976 with a 2.0-litre engine. With its neat hatchback styling it was a […]
I’ve just received a press release stating that Which? magazine has given Porsche top marks in a survey. I’m not a Which? reader but always assume it’s full of tests on washing machines and other white goods. I was obviously wrong. Here’s the release from Porsche in its entirety: The 2012 Which? magazine car survey has placed the Porsche Cayman top in the Sportscar segment of its influential annual review. Customers also rated the Porsche brand and its retail network as the best in the business in the UK. The magazine reported that the mid-engined Cayman coupe is “sensational […]