Stuttgart/Hinterzarten. Since the introduction of its first generation in 1996, the Porsche Boxster has celebrated many successes. By the end of 2011, more than 243,000 models were built. Now, the classic open-top two-seater car has undergone a complete revamp. In the beautiful surroundings of its home base in Stuttgart, the new Boxster demonstrates its allure: lighter and more muscular, more distinctive and more fuel-efficient.
During the official media presentation at the ultra-modern Porsche Museum, Mitja Borkert, General Manager Advanced Design, Porsche, described the new Boxster as a trend-setting model in which the Porsche principle ‘form follows function’ is perfectly implemented.
He said: “The already superior handling of the previous generation Boxster presented us with a severe challenge to implement additional technical requirements and focus on even better aerodynamic performance.
“We had to concentrate a lot on the proportions of the car to enhance the overall driving performance, and give it a new, sportier appearance. The body is now 32 millimetres longer, while the overhang at the front has been reduced by 27 millimetres.”
The wider track and larger wheels enhance the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics. Styling changes can also be seen in the significantly forward-shifted windscreen, flatter silhouette and expressive edges.
Kulla added: “Functional benefits and attractive new design elements merge in the new Boxster in perfect harmony. This is the case for example when it comes to the new rear spoiler with an extending wing; its integrated separation edge now incorporates the new LED tail lights. At the same time it contributes considerably to the down force at the rear axle.”
No surprise then, that when it comes to handling the tight mountain bends of the picturesque Black Forest roads, the Boxster grips like glue. Putting the vehicle through its paces on a 121 kilometre drive from Stuttgart into the heart of the Black Forest – one of Germany’s most beautiful regions – offers an extreme demonstration of the intelligent design of the new vehicle.
Already far and away the best-in-class, the new generation Boxster now has a new lightweight body, and a completely revamped chassis. The new electro-mechanical power steering – paired with the manual six-speed gearbox as standard – or the optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), make driving pure fun.
The interior has also been completely overhauled. Passengers are enclosed by a re-designed, electric hood, which dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. The interior offers more space, and reflects the new Porsche outline, with a raked centre console which originated with the Carrera GT.
The new sports car generation makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both are powered by flat-six Boxer engines with direct petrol injection.
On the way to the luxury Parkhotel Adler in Hinterzarten both engine derivatives showed their true sports car legacy. The base model’s new power unit delivers 265 horsepower from a 2.7 litre displacement – ten horsepower more than its predecessor. The Boxster S features a 3.4-litre engine, delivering 315 horsepower – five more than before. Acceleration figures are also impressive with the Boxster sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds; the Boxster S in just 5.0 seconds.
Present during the event and completely convinced that the new Boxster has made a quantum leap, George Wills, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said: “The Porsche Boxster performs superbly whether driven on the long straight roads in the Middle East, or on the thrilling, twisting and turning mountainous roads here in southern Germany.”
Thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance, the car’s fuel consumption is up to 15 per cent more efficient. Depending on the model, it consumes significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Engine efficiency is further boosted by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and the new start/stop function.
To enhance driving dynamics even further, Porsche offers a Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new for the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), with mechanical rear axle differential lock.Wills summarised: “With the new Boxster we are presenting a future classic, featuring the genes of one of the most legendary sports cars, such as the 356, the 550 Spyder and the 718. With its new more masculine design and incredible performance resulting in sheer driving fun, we are certain that this car will meet the discerning taste of our customers in the region.”