Taken in the broader context of the car market, a near-£40,000 base price for a car with less than 300bhp seems like quite a lot when there are hot hatchbacks that’ll give you 50bhp more for £10,000 less.

But against its peers, the Boxster is rather more competitive – at its base price, at least. Only Audi asks similar money for a car with this much power. Mercedes and BMW both want more.

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That’s without reckoning on Porsche’s options list, which you won’t just want to delve into – you’ll need to delve into.

Do that wisely, mind you, and there will be payback when you come to resell your Boxster, which has, to date, benefited in the long term from the high residual values afforded by its rareness and sports car purity.

And what of the downsizing? Well, here’s the thing.

Although it undoubtedly works on legislators, the effects of having a 2.0-litre turbo are not convincing on the road.

In 2012, a Boxster S gave us 25.2mpg overall and 32.8mpg at a cruise. The 718 Boxster returned 25.6mpg and 35.9mpg respectively.

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The S managed 10.8mpg at the track. Throwing a turbocharger into the mix, despite downsizing, leaves that at 12.1mpg.

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