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6th March, 2012

Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster has a change been so comprehensive. The new model will debut at this week's Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

The open-top two-seater has a completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. The reduced weight combined with longer wheelbase, wider track, larger wheels and new electro-mechanical power steering take the mid-engined roadster’s dynamics to an even higher level.

The new Boxster also boasts up to 15 per cent greater fuel efficiency with less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.

Also stunning is the way the new Boxster looks: new body design with shorter overhangs, a more forward windscreen, distinctive silhouette and expressive edges. (copyright image)
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Occupants are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric roof which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. The interior offers more space and reflects the new Porsche design language with raked centre console originating from the Carrera GT.

The new sports car generation makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both models are powered by flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function. The base model’s new engine delivers 195 kW from a 2.7 litre displacement – up seven kilowatts over its predecessor despite a reduction in capacity. The 3.4 litre Boxster S now delivers 232 kW – up four kilowatts.

Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK. The Porsche Boxster’s fuel consumption with PDK is 7.7 L/100 kms and 8.0 L/100 kms for the Boxster S. With gear changes without interruption to the power flow, the Boxster sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, the Boxster S in 5.0 seconds.

To enhance driving dynamics even further, Porsche offers the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new on the roadster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear axle differential lock.

The new Porsche Boxster goes on sale in Europe in mid-April, with sales in Australia beginning a few months later. Stay tuned to Next Car for further information, including the pricing structure.


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