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Next Porsche Boxster unveiled

2012-01-13 12:15
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 South 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.

Porsche Boxster

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.


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.

The new Boxster goes on sale in SA from June, 2012.

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