Geneva motor show 2012: Porsche Boxster
The 2012 Boxster is all-new; it’s lighter than the car it replaces, more fuel efficient and, Porsche says, more agile.
The new body has a longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model. Porsche says the new Boxster is ‘considerably’ lighter, thanks to more advanced construction, but it hasn’t released any figures.
New flat-six engines provide the power: the Boxster has a 2.7-litre unit with 261bhp, a 9bhp increase over the outgoing Boxster. Average fuel economy (with PDK transmission) is 36.7mpg, a 5.7mpg improvement.
The Boxster S has a new 3.4-litre unit: it has 311bhp, a 5bhp increase over today’s Boxster S. Average fuel economy is 30.1mpg, a 5.2mpg improvement.
Porsche claims the Boxster’s reduced weight will make it more agile; it also gets a new electro-mechanical power steering system and there’ll be the option of a Sports Chrono package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system with rear limited-slip-differential.
The new Boxster’s styling evolves the look of the current car. There’s a more sculpted look, with deeper side air intakes, squarer headlights and a spoiler that flows into the rear lights.
The interior has a new look, inspired by the Porsche Carrera GT supercar and Panamera luxury car. There’s more space for driver and passenger, Porsche says, and extra high-tech kit.
Standard equipment for the Boxster includes Alcantara trim, 18-inch alloy wheels and a 7-inch touch-screen. The Boxster S adds part-leather trim, xenon headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Prices for the Boxster start at £37,589, a £1017 increase on the current model. The Boxster S starts at £45,384, a £1584 increase. The Boxster goes on sale on April 28.