New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

Porsche unveils Boxster 'Light'

2009-11-06 07:09

Porsche is preparing to wow with its Boxster Spyder - a sports car with a deadly combination of low mass and plenty of power.

Mimicking the formula adopted for some of its most successful racing cars, this open-top speedster is the lightest model in the Porsche range, tipping the scales at a mere 1 275 kg.

A spiritual successor to the 550 Spyder built in 1953, this Spyder also embraces the mid-engine layout, low weight and agility required for the authentic roadster experience.

The third model in the Boxster range, the Spyder is fitted with a tuned version of Porsche's acclaimed 3.4-litre flat six boxer engine with direct fuel injection. With 236 kW on tap, this puppy produces 7 kW more than in the Boxster S, and should make for some neck-snapping performances.

As for the all-important sprint time, equipped with Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the Sports Chrono Package plus Launch Control, this car sees 0 - 100 km/h coming up in 4.8 seconds.

The manufacturer also claims a top speed (with the roof removed) at 267 km/ and fuel consumption of 9.3 l/100 km/h.

The guys from Zuffenhausen will be showing off their new baby at the Los Angeles Motor Show in December. Global sales kick off from February 2010.


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