We already covered the new Boxter’s interior and exterior design, so it’s time for the technical specifications. For the other articles, please visit:
Porsche’s weight reducing policy has its effects on the engine as well. The new power source for the Boxter now has a smaller cylinder capacity, while delivering more horsepower. The 3.4-liter flat-six engine that is good for 315 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque enables this supercar to reach 172 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.6 seconds. That is, of course, the Boxter S. The standard Boxter comes with a 2.7-liter engine that brings 265 horsepower (up 10 horsepower from the previous model) and 206 lb-ft of torque (down seven pounds – feet from the outgoing model).
The new engines are both more efficient (fuel economy and CO2 emissions have been improved by about 15%) and more powerful, which shows that Porsche engineers have really outdone themselves this time.
The transmission is either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK automatic. As always, the PDK shaves off the time needed for a sprint to 60. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) is very cooperative, and really keeps the control of the car in high speed banks.
Although the automatic transmission handles great, and even speeds up the acceleration, the stick actually feels righter in a car like this – it gives the driver the feeling he has everything under control.
Base price is $60,900, and having looked thoroughly into this car, I can tell you it’s 61 grand worth giving.