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Porsche launches new 2012 Boxster

Porsche launches new 2012 Boxster image

Text: / Photos: Porsche Press | posted January 16, 2012 16:13

Lighter, faster, more efficient

Porsche has just launched the latest generation of their best selling Boxster open top sports car.

Porsche says the new Boxster gets completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. Considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly are claimed to enhance the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics, supported by the new electro-mechanical power steering. Porsche also claims that the new Boxsterss are up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient.

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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 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 while the 3.4 liter engine in the Boxster S now pumps out 315 hp. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option. 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. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.