Porsche Boxster sets a new stan­dard for open top driv­ing en­thu­si­asts

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

S INCE the Porsche Boxster first ap­peared in show­rooms nearly 20 years ago, the mid-en­gined twoseater has es­tab­lished it­self as the bench­mark road­ster. The new Boxster GTS, which is an­nounced to­day, en­hances the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence fur­ther with an up­rated en­gine and spe­cific chas­sis tun­ing, and in the process sets a new stan­dard for open-top driv­ing en­thu­si­asts.

Build­ing on the proven Boxster virtues of light weight, re­spon­sive han­dling and a charis­matic flat-six en­gine, the GTS fea­tures an op­ti­mised ver­sion of the proven 3.4-litre en­gine which has been tuned to pro­duce an additional 15 hp (11 kW). The Boxster GTS thus de­vel­ops 330 hp (243 kW), and pulling power has also in­creased by ten new­ton me­tres to 370 Nm.

Fur­ther em­pha­sis­ing the dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter of the GTS is the Sport Chrono pack­age and Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment (PASM), fit­ted as stan­dard. These of­fer the driver the op­por­tu­nity to not only mod­ify the damper stiff­ness, but also subtly change the throt­tle char­ac­ter­is­tics of the en­gine. In con­junc­tion with the op­tional Dop­pelkup­plungs­getriebe (PDK) seven-speed dou­ble­clutch trans­mis­sion, the Launch Con­trol func­tion – en­gaged via the Sport Plus but­ton - en­ables the Boxster GTS to ac­cel­er­ate from 0 - 62 mph in 4.7 sec­onds, 0.3 secs quicker than the stan­dard Boxster S PDK.

With the stan­dard man­ual six-speed trans­mis­sion, the GTS is the first Boxster to of­fer the po­ten­tial to top the 174 mph (280 km/h) thresh­old. The new GTS is also the com­pany’s first mi­dengined road­ster to be cer­ti­fied ac­cord­ing to the Euro 6 emis­sions stan­dard, and achieves an over­all fuel con­sump­tion with PDK of 34.4 mpg (31.4 mpg with man­ual trans­mis­sion).

The dy­namic en­gine mounts also of­fered as part of the Sport Chrono pack­age en­able the Boxster GTS to of­fer an im­pres­sive breadth of re­spon­sive­ness. Un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion, cor­ner­ing or brak­ing, the mount­ings for the en­gine stiffen au­to­mat­i­cally to re­duce the ef­fects of mass trans­fer dur­ing dy­namic ma­noeu­vres, fur­ther in­creas­ing agility.

The Boxster GTS can also be spec­i­fied with a new, op­tional sports chas­sis con­fig­u­ra­tion that low­ers the ride height by 20 mm, un­der­ly­ing the fact that at the heart of ev­ery Porsche is a race car suit­able for both the cir­cuit and ev­ery­day use.

The new Box­ter will be ar­riv­ing in Porsche Cen­tres in UK and Ire­land from May 2014.

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