Bigger and lighter Boxster gets more power
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.