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Geneva 2012 Preview: Porsche Boxster

Geneva 2012 Preview: Porsche Boxster image

Text: / Photos: | posted March 01, 2012 17:14

Lighter, better

 

Porsche will be making a very special debut at Geneva Motor Show as the new generation of the Boxster will be launched to the public.

The technical highlight of the new Boxster generation is the considerably lower weight thanks to the lightweight design body and the completely revamped chassis. The mid-engine roadster’s comprehensive revamping is also apparent in its looks: the wheelbase has increased, the track is wider and the wheels are larger. In the process, Porsche has enhanced the driving dynamics and improved fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent depending on the model.

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As always, there will be two primary variants: the Boxster and the Boxster S. Both models are powered by flat-six engines with direct petrol 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.

The Boxster S 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. The Porsche Boxster’s fuel consumption with PDK is 7.7 l/100 km and 8.0 l/100 km for the Boxster S. With gear changes without interruption to the power flow, the Boxster sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, the Boxster S in 5.0 seconds


Joining the all new Boxster and Boxster S will be the European launch of the 911 (991) Cabriolet and the Panamera GTS.