Next Porsche Boxster unveiled
17 January 2012, 09:30
Performance, lightweight construction, agility and pure driving pleasure are, Porsche says, the hallmarks of its Boxster range.
Local fans will be able to experience its all-new lightweight body, new flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, revised chassis and updated styling first-hand when the first Boxsters arrive in Africa in June 2012.
The styling of the new Boxster signals great intent with its shorter front and rear overhangs, a windscreen that has been moved significantly forward and a flatter, more streamlined, silhouette.
MORE STREAMLINED: The bigger Boxster seems determined to push into 911 territory.
Porsche’s new Boxster has a new fully electric roof that no longer requires a compartment lid for the stowed convertible hood.
The latest Boxsters also have a lower weight than before, longer wheelbase, widened track and larger wheels to make it even more fun-to-drive than before.
NEW, CLEANER ENGINES
As a bonus, it also apparently is 15% more efficient than its predecessor, thanks largely to the rollout of new flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, brake energy recuperation, thermal management and start/stop functions.
The new 2.7-litre engine is based on the 3.4-litre engine used in the Boxster S, while this engine now delivers 232kW.
Both models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although Porsche’s superb PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available as an option.
ENTRY LUXURY: The Boxster's more luxurious cabin.
Fuel consumption for the Porsche Boxster with PDK is 7.7 litres/100km and 8 litres/100km for the Boxster S. With gear changes achieved without interruption to the flow of power, the Boxster sprints from 0- 100km/h in 5.7 seconds, the Boxster S in five.
For those requiring even more sportiness from the mid-engined sports car, the optional Sport Chrono Package is available plus, for the first time on Boxster, Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear limited slip diff.