I was recently approached by a coworker asking if I knew if a taller person can drive a Porsche 356 comfortably. He is about 6’4” tall and enjoys motorcycles and wants to get into sports cars. He is hoping to purchase a classic 356 coupe.
He mentioned that he wasn’t sure if such a small car would fit him. He knows that I’ve had the chance to drive all of Porsche’s modern sports car lineup and that my daily driver is an early Porsche Boxster. His opinion of the Boxster is that he definitely couldn’t fit into it, but this is all based on the outside appearance and not sitting inside.
We’ve noticed somewhat of a trend lately, folks swapping Corvette V8’s into Porsche’s. We’ve seen some Porsche Boxster builds, some 944 builds and some 911 builds all with a big American V8 powering the performance machine.
Now there is a lot of controversy about such things. Many purists of any manufacture think it is wrong to put an engine from another marquee in the car. After all the engine is the heart of the car and as such shouldn’t you use the power plant that was intended?
But, is there room for such builds and do they make sense?
The Porsche Boxster is a well balanced mid-engined sports car. It now sits just above the 718 Cayman in the model lineup, but was held back as the entry level vehicle for much of its production. The seductive lines of the roadster harken back to the legendary 550 Spyder and the 718 RSK Spyder that followed it.
The Boxster incorporates styling that looks like a Porsche with its arched fenders and low ride. The earliest 986 generation cars had a front end that looked exactly like the 996 generation 911, except for the bumper styling.
For guys that drive a Porsche Boxster nothing is more irritating than hearing that a Boxster is a “Girl’s Car”. There is a school of thought that thinks that just about all convertibles are feminine. This is a fairly recent phenomenon and the Boxster is a victim.
But, why is this? What makes some people (mostly trolls on the internet) think that a Boxster driver should not be a man?
The desnorkel modification is a very popular one for owners of Porsche Boxsters and Caymans. The mod can be done on 986, 987 and 981 generation cars. Some claim that it is a free way to add horsepower to your Porsche Boxster or Cayman.
But does removal of the snorkel actually add any horsepower?