Porsche has announced the introduction of its new Boxster, which arrives wearing an all-new body and a completely revised chassis. Available in both Boxster and Boxster S forms, the car features new flat-six engines with direct injection, and together with a considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, widened track and larger wheels, promises a new level of driving dynamics.
Styling-wise, the Boxster now has shorter front and rear overhangs, a significantly forward-shifted windscreen, flatter silhouette and expressive edges. Inside, the passengers are enclosed by a new fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when stowed.
The interior of the new car reflects the new Porsche outline, with its distinctive centre console – originating in the Carrera GT – improving ergonomics. There’s also more space for the driver and passenger.
In terms of engines, the Boxster’s 2.7 litre mill – which is based on the 3.4 litre engine of the Boxster S – offers 265 hp, which is 10 hp more than its larger capacity predecessor. As for the 3.4 litre unit in the Boxster S, there’s 315 hp on call, five horsepower more than before.
Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.7 seconds for the Boxster and 5.0 seconds for the Boxster S.
Equipment levels on the Boxster include an Alcantara interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, Auto stop/start and Sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with a 7-inch colour touchscreen and a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity. Meanwhile, the Boxster S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights.
New to the car is the Sport Chrono Package option featuring Dynamic Transmission Mounts. Also new in the Boxster is the option of Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), with a mechanical rear limited slip differential.