Big­ger and lighter Boxster gets more power

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

THIS is the all-new and big­ger Porsche Boxster, in show­rooms on April 28. Like the lat­est 911 Car­rera, it is much lighter but Porsche is keep­ing that nugget of pub­lic­ity for a later date. The weight is saved in the body, which we can ex­pect to in­clude lighter al­loys.

Front and rear over­hangs are shorter. Un­der­neath is a com­pletely re­vised chas­sis with a wider track and stretched wheel­base. The stan­dard Boxster, up £1,000 in price to £37,589, has a smaller 2.7 litre flat six en­gine with di­rect in­jec­tion giv­ing more power (261bhp) and im­proved econ­omy and CO2 emis­sions. With the £2,000 op­tion of the seven-speed PDK au­to­matic gear­box it records an av­er­age 36.7mpg – some five mpg bet­ter than with the man­ual gear­box.

The CO2 fig­ures are not re­leased. The head­line maker will be the 3.4 litre Boxster S, with 310bhp and cost­ing from £45,384. The re­spec­tive 0-62mph times show slight gains, at 5.7 sec­onds for the Boxster and 5 sec­onds for the Boxster S. New fea­tures in­clude stop-start ig­ni­tion.

From the out­side the 2012 model has its wind­screen fur­ther for­ward, some sharper body con­tours. The cabin is roomier and the fully pow­ered roof no longer has a com­part­ment lid in its closed po­si­tion and can be op­er­ated on re­mote con­trol.

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