Porsche Boxster 2012 – Porsche is coming up to launch its third-generation Boxster, and Autoweek joined a team of development engineers in California as they put the final test miles on prototypes of the new car, which will also form the basis of next Cayman. The open-top two-seater car is being marketed with a completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis.
Considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly enhance yet further the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics, already far and away the best in its class, supported by the new electro-mechanical power steering. The new Boxsters boast superior performance and are also up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient. Depending on model, they get by with significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The new generation Porsche roadster makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both derivatives are powered by charismatic flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.
Fuel consumption for the Porsche Boxster with PDK is 7.7 l/100 km (36.7 mpg imp), and 8.0 l/100 km (35.3 mpg imp) for the Boxster S. With gear changes achieved without interruption to the flow of power, the Boxster sprints from 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 5.7 sec, the Boxster S in just 5.0 sec.
The Porsche Boxster 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 Boxster S 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.
The new Porsche Boxster will go on sale in the UK from April 28, 2012. The Boxster is priced from £37,589, and from £45,384 for the Boxster S.
The new Porsche Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price will be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge.
The basic list price in Germany will be 48,291 euro for the Boxster and 59,120 euro for the Boxster S, including 19 per cent value added tax in both cases. The new Boxster generation will be on 14.04.2012.
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