Geneva 2012: Porsche Boxster

Wednesday, 7 March 2012 10:47 AM

2013 Porsche Boxster

The new Porsche Boxster is bigger, wider, lighter, faster and, dare I say it, meaner than ever. On public display for the first time at Geneva 2012

It’s longer, lighter and wider than the outgoing Boxster, and there are also new engines with more power and better efficiency. And, is it me, or does the new Porsche Boxster (gold car) and Boxster S (silver) look a touch smoother and tougher, too?

It’s the world debut for the all-new Boxster at Geneva, this week and next, and from the ground up the popular 2-seater has been treated to a healthy new diet of greater efficiency - up to 15 per cent more efficient that the previous Boxster - weight loss and power gain. It’s the kind of automotive diet we all like to hear about. The Boxster also gets Porsche’s new electro-mechanical power steering system, which, on the new 911, hasn’t been particularly well-received by Porsche purists.

Both the new Boxster and Boxster S are powered, of course, by throbby flat-six engines with now feature direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, engine thermal management and an auto start/stop function. The entry-level Boxster model's new motor makes 265bhp from its 2.7 litres - a helpful 10bhp more than its larger-engine’d predecessor, while the 3.4-litre engine in the Boxster S now makes a meaty 315bhp, an extra forward nudge of 5bhp than the Boxster S before it.

The new Boxsters also get new wheels; bigger and more beautiful than before. Happy drop-top-days indeed.

By Daniel Anslow

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