Geneva motor show 2012: Porsche Boxster

* Porsche Boxster 2012 unveiled * Lighter and more efficient * On sale April, from 37,589...

06 March 2012

This the new Porsche Boxster, which is on display at the 2012 Geneva motor show and goes on sale in April.

The 2012 Boxster is all-new; its 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 hasnt 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 todays Boxster S. Average fuel economy is 30.1mpg, a 5.2mpg improvement.

Porsche claims the Boxsters reduced weight will make it more agile; it also gets a new electro-mechanical power steering system and therell be the option of a Sports Chrono package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system with rear limited-slip-differential.

The new Boxsters styling evolves the look of the current car. Theres 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. Theres 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.