Geneva: Porsche Boxster gets ready to be seen in showrooms by Summer 2012 (Photos)
A lighter and more fuel efficient Porsche Boxster is about to make its entry into company dealer showrooms across the US by summer of 2012. Priced at £49,500 ($78,000) for the Boxster and £60,900 ($96,000) for the Boxster S, customers can avail of these two new offerings. New Porsche Boxster variants offers enhanced dynamics, the latest in technological features and a host of interior luxuries.
This open top two seater is build with a new lightweight body and an overhauled chassis giving it 15% more fuel efficiency. Interiors are more spacious and the new Porsche Boxster possesses a well designed and space saving console which was also seen on the Carrera GT.
Both Boxster models have a 6 cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, and electric system recuperation, thermal management and is also fitted with a start/stop function. The base model of Boxster has a 265 hp engine with 2.7 liter displacement while the Boxster S has a 3.4 liter engine offering 315 horse power.
Boxster is capable of speeds from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds and the Boxster S in 4.7 seconds. Porsche has also ensured additional driving dynamics with the inclusion of a Sport Chrono Package while Porsche Torque Vectoring is also seen for the first time with a mechanical rear axle locking system.
2013 Porsche Boxster: Lighter, more muscular, more distinctive and more fuel-efficient
Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster has a change of generation been so comprehensive. The open-top two-seat car receives an entirely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. The new Boxster weighs less than the previous generation and rides on a longer wheelbase and a wider track. These new dimensions are coupled with larger wheels and a new electromechanical power steering system to significantly enhance the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics. The new Boxster boasts superior performance and is also up to 15 percent more fuel-efficient than previous models on the European cycle.
The new Boxster benefits not only from an increased wheelbase but also shorter overhangs, while the windscreen has been shifted forward. The passengers are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric top, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. The interior concept offers the occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with a raked center console, which, originating with the Carrera GT ensures improved ergonomics in all models.
The new sports car generation makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both models are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function. The base model’s new power unit delivers 265 hp from a 2.7 liter displacement – ten hp more than its larger displacement predecessor.
Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-liter engine of the Boxster S. This now delivers 315 hp, which is five hp more than before. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK. With gear changes without interruption to the power flow, the Boxster sprints from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, the Boxster S in 4.7 seconds.
To enhance driving dynamics yet further, Porsche offers the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra for the Boxster, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear axle differential lock.
The new Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price iwill be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge.