The New Boxster and Boxster S are being launched in August in Germany, no definite news as to whether or not the new Boxsters will arrive in Australia on the same date, but I would imagine not. Perhaps a few months later down the track. So what do you get with the new Boxster? Well since its a Porsche the actual look hasn’t changed (and it probably never will). Porsche claims that the shape of their cars are so aerodynamically perfect that almost have no reason to change them. This is more than evident in the 911 which hasn’t really changed shape in the last 20 years.
The 2.7-liter Boxster engine now develops an additional 5 bhp, bringing the total to 245 bhp (180 kW). Torque has increased to 273 Nm, available from 4,600 rpm. Fuel consumption is now 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers, a reduction of 0.3 l/100 km. The Boxster accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 258 km/h. With the optional six-speed gearbox, 260 km/h can be achieved.
The Boxster S engine, which has been increased in size from 3.2 to 3.4 liters, develops 295 bhp (217 kW) at 6,250 rpm – 15 bhp more than its predecessor – and 340 Nm of torque. The Boxster S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds – a tenth of a second quicker than the previous model. This open sports car’s top speed has gone up by 4 km/h to 272 km/h. Its average fuel consumption is 10.6 liters per 100 kilometers.
Apart from that, Porsche says that the new engines are equiped with VarioCam Plus valve control with variable valve timing (VarioCam) and changeover valve lift (Plus). Porsche has also revised their Tiptronic S transmission which now has hydraulics and electronics as well as variable shift programs. So when you go for the optional Sport Chrono Package, gear changes only occur when the engine speed is above 3000 rpm. Furthermore gearing down for engine braking is now faster and occurs at higher engine speeds. In the manual-shift mode, up-shifts are no longer made automatically when the engine reaches its maximum rev llmit. So you can blow your engine :) – The current Boxster prices start at $107,000 for the 5spd 2.7L and go all the way up to $139,000 for the top of the range Boxster S. I would expect the prices to stay relatively the same.