2015 Porsche Boxster GTS – First impressions

Winter testing 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

Winter testing 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

We’ve had the new 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS in our hot little hands for little more than a day now.

Our first impressions of the 330 horsepower 3.4-litre roadster with 6-speed manual transmission is very good indeed.

Although the Boxster GTS comes standard with 20-in. alloy wheels and tires, Porsche Canada has seen fit to mount four Michelin Pilot Alpin winter tires on 19-in. wheels, which have turned out to be an excellent choice for this winter test.  Edmonton streets are still covered in snow and ice, and it was a chilly minust 19 degrees Celsius this morning.

I found the 3-position heated seats warmed very quickly and the rear window defroster dispatched a thin coat of ice rapidly.

The 6-speed manual transmission is joyously slick with short throws.

Our first drive left us with these good and bad points so far:

The Good

  • Intoxicating flat-six exhaust note, especially with optional sport exhaust
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride (much more livable than the Cayman R’s brutally stiff suspension we complained about)
  • Remarkably easy to drive quickly
  • Beautiful styling

The Bad

  • Sport seats cushions are flat and more than firm; they’re hard and need more padding
  • Driver’s seat is MANUALLY-adjustable fore and aft.  Really?  On a $100,000 dollar car??
  • Convertible top creates large blind spots in rear three-quarter views
  • Requires key fob for unlocking doors and ignition.  Really?  On a $100,000 dollar car??

A full road test of the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS will follow.

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