Usually when an automaker releases a new model, its performance or higher grade version gets released at a later time. But that is not the case with Porsche as the German automaker has released both the new (981) Boxster and Boxster S simultaneously.
There’s always the case of styling differences between a base model and its performance sibling. As for the new Boxster, the main difference is under the rear hood and when I look at both cars, the main exterior differences that I could see are the exhausts tips and the wheel design. The base Boxster gets an oval shaped tip while the Boxster S gets circular twin pipes. Okay, enough talk of what I feel, lets continue with the article.
First of all, the looks of the car has changed pretty much. Every body panel has been replaced. Its curvaceous body gives an important personality to the car from front to back and it looks sexier too. This in depth design changes has given the car shorter overhangs, a wider track and wheel base and squarish looking headlights. All of this is made possible due to a new platform which is bigger compared to its predecessor but lighter in weight.
Porsche did not forget to “up” the performance level of the car. Just behind the seats, the car gets two types of flat-six engines with direct fuel injection (its efficiency is further enhanced with electrical system recuperation), thermal management and engine start/stop function.
The base Boxster gets a 2.7 litre engine which generates 265bhp (10bhp more than the older model) and does the century sprint in 5.4 seconds; with the seven-speed PDK transmission. The Boxster S gets a 3.4 litre engine that generates 315bhp (5bhp more than its predecessor) and takes 4.7 seconds to do 0-100km/h; with the same seven-speed PDK transmission. A six-speed manual is available for either engine.
The longer wheelbase and wider track will give the car a better handling quality. In the handling department, the front suspension gets Macpherson struts while the rear is a multilink set-up. Porsche’s Active Suspension Management is optional. This system actively regulates the damper force to each wheel based on a combination of road conditions and driving style and it also lowers the car by 10 mm. The Boxster also receives bigger (20 inch) wheels and an electro-mechanical power steering.
The Boxster’s convertible soft-top can be closed or opened at speeds of 50km/h and it takes only nine seconds. When the car is parked, the folding roof can be operated through the keyfob. Porsche is offering the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra. It features dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV). It has a mechanical rear axle differential lock that varies the level of torque sent to each of the rear wheels.
Porsche will display the Boxster at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March and the car will hit showrooms in the second half of this year as a 2013 model.
Photo credit: Net Car Show
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