Friday, 13 January 2012 5:19 PM
There’s no denying the old Boxster is a fantastic car and the two new models announced by Porsche look to be even better. April 28th sees the UK release of the new Boxster and Boxster S and looking at the pictures these two are going to be much sought after editions to any garage.
Those clever German engineers have been busy making the Boxster lighter and more agile than before. They’ve lengthened and widened the chassis and added bigger wheels so this new car not only looks like it’s glued to the tarmac but we’re guessing you’d have to push it pretty hard to unstick it in real life. Porsche say that the new design and engineering improvements not only improve performance, they make the car 15% more fuel efficient at the same time. Looks-wise the new Boxster is flatter and more angular than it’s predecessor but it still retains that classic Porsche silhouette – why wouldn’t it when it works so well and looks so good?
The new models will be powered by the traditional flat-six configuration Porsche have perfected and both engines have been refined to increase their power. The 2.7-litre in the Boxster produces 265bhp and hits 60 in just 5.7 seconds. The Boxster S gets the larger 3.4-litre with 315bhp and will do the same in a whoop-inducing 5.0 seconds flat. The new Boxster is fitted with a manual six-speed gearbox as standard but Porsche say if you opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch – the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, referred to as the PDK for ease – you not only get seamless changes with no loss of power but it also improves economy. With the PDK you can squeeze 36.7mpg from the Boxster and 35.3mpg from the Boxster S and that’s quite an exceptional selling point for a mid-engine sports car.
The new interior design offers more space than the old model and for good measure the centre console was originally found in the Carrera GT so it looks the business too. The new models will roll out of the factory with Auto stop/start, electric hood with remote operation, CD with colour touch-screen control and MP3 connectivity as standard. The Boxster is fitted with 18-inch alloys and Alcantara interior, the Boxster S with 19-inch alloys, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights. No doubt there will be many more options available but as a starting point this is pretty darn good.
How much is all this going to cost then? The Boxster will go on sale for £37,000 and the Boxster S for £45,000 so they are not what you might call cheap, but anyone looking to buy a brand new Porsche already knows that. What they do represent is excellent value for money and at the end of the transaction you get to drive away in one of the best mid-engined roadsters ever made – and that’s priceless.
By David Young
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