Porsche Boxster Motoring Review
The Boxster has an all-new lightweight body, new flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, a completely revised chassis and evolutionary styling.
Considerably lower weight, a longer wheelbase, widened track and larger wheels significantly enhance the driving dynamics of the mid-engined sports car. These attributes, combined with many other new features including electro-mechanical power steering, result in the new Boxster offering up to 15 per cent better fuel efficiency.
The styling of the new Boxster offers shorter front and rear overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, a flatter silhouette and expressive edges. Inside, the passengers are enclosed by a new fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when stowed. The interior design offers the driver and passenger more space and reflects the new Porsche outline, while the distinctive centre console – originating in the Carrera GT – further improves ergonomics.
The new generation Porsche roadster makes its début in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both derivatives are powered by flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.
The new power unit fitted in the Boxster delivers 195kW from a 2.7-litre displacement. Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S. The 3.4-litre now delivers 232kW. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed, dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.
Fuel consumption for the Porsche Boxster with PDK is around 6.4 litres/100km, and roughly 6.6 litres/100km for the Boxster S. With gear changes achieved without interruption to the flow of power, the Boxster sprints from 0-100km/h in about 5.7 seconds; the Boxster S in just 5.0 seconds.
The 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” alloy wheels, partial leather interior and bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of the larger 3.4-litre engine.