The new generation Boxster arrives at Porsche Centres throughout the UK today (5th May 2012).
It is more than just a face lift, the revised Porsche Boxster boosts a new flat-six engine, a new lightweight body (35kg lighter), restyling and a revised chassis. The revisions have seemed to have paid off; the new Boxster S can lap the Nürburgring-Nordschleife 12 seconds faster than its predecessor in 7:58 minutes.
The styling has been influenced by the iconic Porsches of the past – with clear references to James Dean’s favourite the 550 Spyder and more-modern classics such as the Carrera GT.
A new, fully electric hood opens to reveal a new interior whose design offers the driver and passenger increased space, while the centre console originates from the Porsche Carrera GT.
There is a choice of two flat six petrol engines: There is 2.7 litre unit which produces 265hp, which will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds. Official combined fuel consumption for the Boxster with PDK gearbox is 36.7mpg, and emissions of 180g/km CO2.
The Porsche Boxster S is fitted with 3.4 litre engine which produces 315 hp, 5 hp up on the predecessor, which means 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Again with the PDK gearbox official combined fuel consumption for ‘S’ is 35.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 188g/km.
Both models feature as standard feature a six-speed manual gearbox, with the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option
The Porsche Boxster (£37,589) features an Alcantara interior, 18” alloy wheels, Auto stop/start and Sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with 7-inch colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three year warranty.
The Porsche Boxster S (£45,384) adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of the larger 3.4-litre engine.
All new Boxster customers can also explore the potential of their car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.Published 5 May 2012