The Porsche Boxster is a great sports car; its agile, quick, and offers a completeness that few cars can match, no matter how much they cost.
Update: The Boxster has now launched. Check out the full guide to it here.
So we read about Porsches changes to them with trepidation. After all, it has already got a buzzScore of 9.7 how can they possibly make it better?
Porsche has completely redesigned the Boxsters body. The front and rear overhangs are now shorter, the windscreen is further forward, and it has a flatter silhouette.
Changes like this are always subjective but we reckon that the new Boxster look terrific; more purposeful, more muscular, a bit like the 918 Spyder Concept.
There is a new electric hood, a bit more space for the driver and passenger and a new centre console that is influenced by the Carrera GT. Its another successful change and looks very, very smart.
The revised flat-six boxer engines produce more power than the outgoing version (10hp more in the Boxster with a new 2.7-litre engine and 5hp more in the 3.4-litre Boxster S) and are supplied with the six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The PDK dual-clutch seven-speeder is available as an option.
They also benefit from electrical system recuperation, better thermal management and the fitment of a start/stop function all of which help to improve the Porsches fuel economy.
The Boxsters fuel consumption is 36.7 mpg and 35.3 mpg (for the current model its 31 and 30), no word has been given on CO2 emissions yet.
Both models give their best acceleration and efficiency when driven through the dual-clutch PDK gearbox. Thus equipped the Boxster will hit 62mph in 5.7 seconds, while the S does it in just 5.0.
The new Boxsters price starts at 37,589, with the Boxster S from 45,384. The new models are available in the UK from the 28th April.
The Boxster gets 18 wheels, Alcantara interior, remote roof operation, 7-inch touch screen and MP3 connections.
The Boxster S adds 19 wheels, part leather upholstery and Bi-Xenon lights.
The purchase price of both cars includes a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.
Most motoring journalists are a bit cynical. They see a PR-release about a new-and-improved car and sigh a little, knowing that theyll soon be reading about a car thats lighter, faster, and better equipped. They all make similar claims and, if were being honest, we sometimes struggle to get excited.
This is not the case with the new, improved Porsche Boxster. It really does look like it will be lighter, faster, and nicer to drive; we cant wait to read the reviews!
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