As a Boxster owner, I had a vested interest in how Porsche could improve this car. Why it never invited me to a focus group really hurt. I could have told the engineers everything they needed to fix. Despite this egregious error, Porsche went ahead and fixed it anyway-the stuff that needed fixing an
When we last saw Project Boxster R (ec, 08/02), it was essentially an S with a few less horsepower. The crew at Performance Products did a fantastic job in developing bolt-on upgrades for the 986 chassis, giving considerably more performance than I thought pos
In the realm of particle physics, there exists an extraordinary symmetry, called supersymmetry, in which completely dissimilar types of particles behave like each other--fermions act like bosons and vice versa. In everyday terms, supersymmetry is analogous to
Before certain parties dip my fingers in molten copper, let's get a few things straight. One: I don't hate chrome wheels. Two: I don't hate mini trucks. And three: I don't hate Mustangs (except the Mustang II).
Porsche people will hate this, but here we go: One of the qualities that has made Porsches great, and so easy to tune over the decades, is the same quality that makes a Chevy a great choice for a muscle-car project--the interchangeability of parts.
We are all standing around the keg like apes surrounding the monolith in Kubrick's "2001." My cousin Dave cautiously reaches out and places his finger on the metallic cylinder, observing the cold condensation that turns into tiny rivulets of icy water. Dave's
Imagine that you have the keys to a Boxster S for the weekend, perfect weather, and no particular plans nor requirements for your time. The voices in my head told me that such a situation carries with it a burden of duty. I try to do the right things in life,
The driver is doing everything wrong. Braking mid-apex, accelerating at the wrong time, short-shifting, taking lines less defined than a plate of spaghetti. My 10-year-old son drives better. More than once I was tempted to pull the wheel from his hand and redi
I've never admitted this before: I like torque. I realize that doesn't sound too extreme, until you understand that "I like torque" should be interpreted in the same way as "I like to breathe." Obviously horsepower is a good thing, but unless there is torque t
Our relationship with the sports car of the fleet has been both delightful and disappointing. Time spent behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel has been time enjoyably spent, even if it's just to trudge our way through the daily drudge, which makes it all t
Porsche's tradition of constantly improving and refining its automobiles is nowhere more evident than in the Boxster S. Its larger 3.2-liter six transforms what is already one of the world's nicest sports cars into a machine where "nice" gets replaced by such