The Porsche Boxster arrives in Australian showrooms on July 7th, when the base model will start from $107,500 and the quicker S variant will kick off at $133,800.
Both models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The price for the optional ‘PDK’ dual-clutch auto that brings improvements in acceleration and fuel economy remains at $5300.
The Porsche Boxster is powered by a new 2.7-litre six-cylinder that generates 7kW more than the previous 2.9-litre for a total output of 195kW.
Porsche says the base Boxster will sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds with a manual edition and 5.7 seconds with a PDK gearbox. Official fuel consumption is rated at 7.7L/100km and 8.2L/100km for the respective transmissions.
Pay the $26,300 premium for the Porsche Boxster S and the six-cylinder engine has a capacity of 3.4 litres, producing 232kW of power (up 4kW on the previous 3.4).
Take the PDK and the Boxster S will reach three figures from standstill in just five seconds, with manual versions trailing by a tenth of a second.
The PDK version is again the most economical option, with a combined fuel consumption rating of 8.0L/100km versus 8.8L/100km for the manual.
The 2012 Porsche Boxster is new from the ground up and its all-new panels include doors that are no longer shared with the Porsche 911.
The body is 40 per cent stiffer, while there’s a longer wheelbase but with shorter overhangs.
A retractable roof is again made of fabric but folds in just nine seconds.