New Boxster more ma­ture

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While some peo­ple think that own­ing a Boxster is ad­mit­ting you couldn’t af­ford a 911, Porsche’s sales trends prove that there’s room for both mod­els in the world. For me, be­ing able to have 97 per cent of the fun with fewer risks, while spend­ing less than 60 per­cent of the out­lay is worth not­ing too, plus you get a power roof thrown in.

The pre­vi­ous Boxster wasn’t a heavy car and was never un­wieldy but new 2013 en­try­point Porsche has been put on a weight-sav­ing pro­gramme any­way, with an alu­minium body, all man­ner of lighter ma­te­ri­als un­der the skin and a pair of re­worked flat-six power units.

As with the re­cent­ly­launched 991 se­ries, 911 model, Porsche has also given the mid-en­gined Boxster a wind­screen whose base starts much fur­ther for­ward, giv­ing the glass a gen­tler, shal­lower rake, while the cleaner lines of the alu­minium body im­bue the car with a much more ma­ture ap­pear­ance. So much so, that the com­pany’s least ex­pen­sive car now looks like a down­scale ren­der­ing of Porsche’s only other re­cent mid-en­gined car: the V10 Car­rera GT.

Im­proved space for the car’s oc­cu­pants are a by-prod­uct of the car’s longer wheel­base and wider-set tracks, while a new power hood has been de­signed for the car. It’s sim­pler, takes up less space when stowed and doesn’t need a lid when its folded.

We’re not yet privy to the spe­cific in­creases in the car’s di­men­sions and nei­ther have we been able to put a num­ber on the kilo­grams that the new alu­minium body will have saved over the pre­vi­ous all­steel item.

Full de­tails of the car’s changes will be made avail­able closer to its of­fi­cial launch at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March.

The base Boxster has a 200cc smaller 2.7-litre flat-six now, though it pro­duces 7.5kw more at 198kw and can reach the 0-100kmh sprint in 5.4 sec­onds. The

Boxster S re­tains its old ca­pac­ity of 3.4-litres but gains 4kw at 235kw for a 0-100kmh time of 4.7 sec­onds. Both en­gines are avail­able with a stan­dard six-speed man­ual gear­box, while a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK trans­mis­sion can be op­tioned.

Slightly dis­ap­point­ing is the fact that Porsche didn’t an­nounce its long-awaited flat four turbo en­gine but it’s thought that af­ter the leak of the rest of the car’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion and de­sign changes, it was a good idea to leave some­thing for the Geneva show.

We’ll keep you posted.

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