Porsche introduces all-new mid-engined Boxster

Next-generation roadster is more muscular, more distinctive and more fuel efficient

STUTTGART, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster has the mid-engined sports car been so comprehensively redesigned. The open-top two-seater, which will go on sale in Canada this summer, features a completely new lightweight body and a totally revamped chassis. Considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly enhance the Boxster's driving dynamics, which were already best in class.

In line with the Porsche Intelligent Performance development philosophy, the new Boxster models boast superior performance and are also up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient than their predecessors; depending on the model, they consume significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.

The new Boxster features fundamentally changed styling with shorter overhangs, a longer, more raked windscreen, sleeker silhouette and expressive edges. The electrically folding soft top has been completely redesigned and the tonneau cover has been eliminated. The redesigned interior offers occupants more space, with an elevated centre console.

Both the new Boxster and Boxster S are powered by efficient flat-six engines with direct fuel injection; their efficiency is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and an automatic start/stop function. The base model's new power unit delivers 265 hp from 2.7 litres - 10 hp more than its larger displacement predecessor. The 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S now delivers 315 hp, five more than before. Both models feature a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.

Both sports cars achieve their best acceleration and fuel consumption with PDK. The Boxster sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and consumes just 7.7 L/100 km, while the Boxster S takes 5.0 seconds to reach 100 km/h and consumes 8.0 L/100 km.

To enhance driving dynamics yet further, Porsche offers a Sport Chrono Package as an option; it features dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear axle differential lock is also available.

The next-generation Boxster will go on sale in Canada this summer at a base price of $56,500 for the Boxster and $69,500 for the Boxster S.

Note: Photos of the new Boxster are available to accredited journalists in the Porsche Press Database at http://presse.porsche.de.

SOURCE Porsche Canada

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