Once upon a time, you would only buy a Porsche Boxster for two reasons:
- You couldn’t afford a Carrera
- You were of the female origin
Why would anybody want a car with less power, less of a pedigree and less exciting? The answer was price. A mid-engine, convertible with a Porsche badge that wasn’t as expensive as a Carrera sounded like a great deal, and still does. For this reason, the Boxster was nicknamed the ‘poor man’s Porsche’ because only those who couldn’t afford a Carrera brought one.
The second camp of Boxster owners were females. It’s difficult to say this without sounding like a d*ck or too stereotypical but the reason why SOME women brought Boxsters was because they had less power, was softer and hence more manageable. But what about now…? Are Boxsters still considered to be a poor man’s Porsche and still hold that dreaded image?
I’ll be the first one to admit that the new Boxster 718 looks sensational. If someone who knew nothing about Porsche saw the Boxster for the first time they would be gobsmacked to learn that the Boxster has the image of a poor man. Apologies for the cliché, but it looks a ‘million dollars’.
But if we look at the current Porsche price list you may be even more gobsmacked to learn the Boxster isn’t even the cheapest model – it’s the Cayman. The 718 Boxster starts at £44,758 whereas the 718 Cayman starts at £42,897. The Cayman S is £51,853 but the Boxster S is £53,714. I don’t care who you are, but you’d have to be a wealthy ‘poor man’ to afford those sorts of prices. If anything, the Cayman is the poor man’s Porsche as it’s the least expensive. But what we also have to remember is the Boxster is essentially a convertible Cayman and manufacturers also price their convertibles slightly higher.
The Carrera is still top of the food chain with prices beginning at £77,891.
But, the question still remains… do you buy a Boxster or even a Cayman because you can’t afford a Carrera? This is a non-issue. There is no reason for the Boxster to have the image of a ‘poor man’s Porsche’ but rather have the image of an entry level sports car. The Ferrari California doesn’t have the same image because owners may not be able to afford the more expensive 488GTB or F12. Nobody comments on Lamborghini owners being poor for buying the less expensive Huracan over the Aventador. The models are completely different and unique and the same goes for the Boxster and Carrera.
Yes, the Boxster possesses less power compared to the Carrera but power isn’t everything. The personality and attributes of the Boxster make it more easy-going. Who wouldn’t want a mid-engine, two seat sports car where the roof comes down? As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing about the Boxster which demonstrates ‘poor’. It’s just not as ‘hard-core’ as some of Porsche’s other models.
Maybe once upon a time the Boxster deserved that title due to its dreary looks and lacklustre power but not now. 100%, definitely and unequivocally, not now.
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