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2012-01-13 12:15

BOLD MOVE: Porsche's baby drop-top looks more grown for 2012.

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.

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.

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

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