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2008 Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.7 L Flat 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 245 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2008 Porsche Boxster

  • With balanced midengine power and classic styling, the sleek and nimble 2008 Porsche Boxster is a pure sports car and embodies all that we love about Porsche.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Perfectly balanced handling, pinpoint steering, world-class braking, usable cargo compartments, fast power-top operation, ample options list makes it highly customizable.

  • Cons

    Porsche's entry-level model is still expensive even before those pricey options are added; overly complex audio dash controls; moderate top-up noise at higher speeds.

  • What's New for 2008

    The Porsche Boxster remains largely unchanged for 2008, although there is a Limited Edition model that features some cosmetic modifications. On the options list, you'll find new lightweight sport seats made from fiberglass and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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One beautiful sports car

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Vehicle: 2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

Just got this car and stayed up half the night driving it around with the top down. It feels so good with the top down. The handling is top notch. You can feel the quality built into this car. Drove the 370z and even though it had more bells and whistles it wasn't near as fun to drive as the Boxster S. Plus chicks love a Porsche and that alone is worth the extra coin.

2500 miles of joy

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Vehicle: 2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

My new RED 2008 Boxster listed for $53,960.00 was able to get it for $45,300.00 It is wise to shop around. There is no need to go for the "S" model, stay with 18" wheels.The car is perfect in every way. Excellent heat, cold in ct. I drive it in 40 degree weather and am very warm. Get the wind stop however. The finish, build quality is beyond BMW, last car was a 2006 mz4. The ride is comfortable at 80 mph on interstate or 30 mph around town. The two trunks carry everything a normal person would carry, I even put my backpack leaf blower in trunk. As far as visual it is a breathtaking auto from all angles. Watch out for "racers," they always want to race you. Smile and let them go, your car is a joy.

My second boxster

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Vehicle: 2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I traded in my 05 Boxster (purchased brand new) for a new 08. I love my Boxster. Style, class, name, prestige, and oh yes, it is a hot little car. You won't be disappointed with this car. For me it handles better than a 911 because the engine is in the middle.

My 2nd boxster and i

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Vehicle: 2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I traded in my 05 for an 08. The changes I noticed were the seats were a bit more conforming (and no I didn't gain weight), and the shifting was a bit looser than the 05 (the 05 had a tighter shifting ratio). I have to get used to it because every time I go into what I think is 3rd it is 5th. I love the feel and look of the car and the ride. The gas mileage is respectable and even though I spend tons of money on a car, I still hate paying high gas prices. Whether you buy a Boxster or a 911, you have that Porsche prestige.

A little slice of heaven

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Vehicle: 2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I have never had a more enjoyable car. Never having owned a sports car, as I drove it off the lot I wondered if I would grow tired of the sports car feel and handling. After half a year, the answer is a resounding no! Never have I been behind the wheel of a more responsive, powerful, or elegant machine. Aside from initial confusion over the radio controls, I have no complaints. The handling is magnificent, and she brakes on a dime. What you want, she does. I have had no major problems from a reliability standpoint, and for my purposes, the amount of storage is more than adequate for a car of this type. Heaven, indeed, and worth every Penny.

A great drive

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Vehicle: 2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

Truly this has to be one of the world's great automobiles. Driving this car on public streets makes one feel sensational. I can only, at this time, imagine how great the car is going to be when I get it on a track at a Porsche driving school. The five speed transmission is a bit of a drawback but that's because I am used to a six speed. Pay up for the six speed if you can, either in the base as an option or in a Spyder or Boxster S. Go for the 18 inch wheels too. Try for the 12% discount like the other guy said, but in reality be happy to get 5%. Definitely shop the car among other dealers but supply does look a bit low. Enjoy!

Full 2008 Porsche Boxster Review

What's New for 2008

The Porsche Boxster remains largely unchanged for 2008, although there is a Limited Edition model that features some cosmetic modifications. On the options list, you'll find new lightweight sport seats made from fiberglass and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.


In 1997, the convertible Porsche Boxster ushered in an era of the more affordable Porsche. Oddly enough, it's now the base version of the Cayenne, the company's SUV, that's the least expensive Porsche. But that's where the similarities end. The current Boxster, like the original, features a nicely balanced midengine/rear-drive layout and the proven performance of a responsive flat-6 engine.

Three years ago, the second-generation Boxster roadster debuted and in 2007 more powerful engines were added. Those new engines make the current generation Boxster the most powerful ever. The S model delivers 295 horsepower while the standard model provides a perfectly adequate 245 hp.

Porsche introduced the hardtop version of the Boxster, the Cayman, two years ago, but the Boxster delivers a more premium feel inside with the added fun of a convertible top. Plenty of leather and attractive faux metallic trim give the Boxster a luxurious look, and it remains competent as a weekend getaway car or even as a daily commuter.

But the classically styled 2008 Porsche Boxster is also a serious, purpose-built midengine roadster designed to travel hard and fast -- sometimes demanding a driver's undivided attention but rewarding the skilled driver with razor-sharp, real-time feedback. Dynamically, no other roadster can match it. If that's what you're after and you can swing the luxury-oriented bottom line, you couldn't convince us of a more compelling choice.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Porsche Boxster sports car comes as either the basic Boxster or the massaged, pricier Boxster S. They are visually similar except for the additional center front grille opening, red brake calipers and dual exhaust outlets on the S. Standard equipment on both models includes 17-inch wheels (18s for the S), fast-operating power top (lowers in about 12 seconds), leather upholstery and a seven-speaker CD stereo. Both the base Boxster and S model are offered in Limited Edition trim as well. This option is basically a retro paint theme with orange paint covering the exterior and parts of the interior. The roll bar even has orange trim. Other minor changes include a modified front spoiler and a revised rear spoiler.

Being a Porsche, the Boxster's price heads north rather quickly once options are added. And there are many options to choose from -- more than 100 separate options, packages and color combinations are available on the base Boxster alone. Major highlights include 19-inch wheels, ceramic composite brakes, full leather/power/heated seats, automatic climate control, Bose digital audio, a navigation system, bi-xenon HID headlights, park assist and a removable aluminum hardtop.

Powertrains and Performance

The Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-6 that's good for 295 hp and 251 pound-feet of torque. Base models have a 2.7-liter flat-6 providing 245 hp and 201 lb-ft of torque. The regular Boxster comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed is optional and comes standard on the Boxster S. Either Boxster can be fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control.

In instrumented testing, a Boxster S accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat and hit the quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds. Fuel economy isn't too shabby, either. A base Boxster with the five-speed manual earns an estimated 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway, while a manual-equipped S has an 18/26 mpg rating.


Standard safety features for the 2008 Porsche Boxster include antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, dual thorax/head side-impact airbags and roll-over safety bars.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Boxster's interior boasts premium materials, proper sports car seating and leather everywhere, plus an oversized and center-mounted tach, right where it belongs. The array of interior controls, especially the audio and climate control systems, can be initially confusing, however.

Seat comfort is extraordinary for both occupants, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel feels a bit large at first -- until you quickly realize it's perfectly sized after all. Wind control with the top down is excellent, but we found that top-up wind noise above 70 mph can sometimes be enough to challenge both conversation and the Boxster's sound system. On the upside, this is still one of the most practical two-seaters you'll find, with a sizable trunk up front and out back.

Driving Impressions

The midengine 2008 Porsche Boxster is a wonderfully athletic machine -- when tossed around, it manages to feel glued to the road and light on its feet at the same time. Body roll and midcorner bumps are never an issue, while its variable-ratio steering seems to be hard-wired into the driver's thought processes. In a Boxster, running out of car is rarely part of the equation. Throttle response is tight and lively, and its brakes are among the best we've ever tested. Some may find the Boxster's around-town ride too stiff, but it's never particularly harsh and is truly a small price to pay for this two-seater's rapid, undiluted reflexes.

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Gas Mileage


  • 20
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  • 29
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