The Porsche Boxster has been judged Drive’s Best Convertible for 2009, eclipsing quality finalists from Germany and Japan.
It is the Boxster’s first ‘best car’ consumer award where the judging criteria is not based predominantly on driving performance – a trademark of all Porsches.
The nine expert judges from Drive.com.au, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspaper also placed emphasis on key elements such as price, equipment, value, technology, comfort, practicality, safety and fuel efficiency.
The new Boxster launched in February 2009 made great advances in these key areas, not least a huge step in fuel efficiency – reducing fuel consumption by a significant 11 percent while offering more power and torque from its new 2.9-litre engine.
“The Boxster was an instant success when it debuted in 1996 and now more than a decade on it still resonates strongly with critics and buyers alike,” says Porsche Cars Australian Managing Director, Michael Winkler.
“People expect strong performance and superior dynamics from Porsche sports cars. But it’s also nice to see that the ongoing technological advances and drivetrain efficiency improvements made by our engineers in Germany are also being recognised.”
The original Boxster went on sale in Australia in 1996 priced from $109,900. Notwithstanding the gains in technology, performance, standard equipment, CPI and a higher Luxury Car Tax (LCT), today’s Boxster is a remarkable proposition priced from $113,000.