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Coming to grips with new Boxster
Thursday, March 08, 2012 7:02 AM

Coming to grips with new Boxster

I'm reporting from the 82nd Geneva Auto Show, the venue of the launch of a much anticipated Porsche, one that is credited with turning the company’s fortunes around back in the mid-90s.

Sure, there are many other cars that have been launched but we’re here to not only witness its unveiling but also to test drive it later in the week.

The new Porsche Boxster is the third complete new development for Porsche after the introduction of the 911 Coupe and Cabriolet.

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And the new Boxster is an absolute stunner and is set to be among the most desirable Porsche in the company’s model line-up.

The new Boxster has never been so comprehensively changed; everything from the design to the weight of the car has been redefined.

In the metal it almost seems to look like a mini-Carrera GT with bold lines and a much better looking, almost masculine front, side and rear fascia.
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Besides its obvious good-looks, the new Boxster is also lighter thanks to a new lightweight body and revamped chassis. It’s also longer, wider, and of course, much more fuel efficient as well, depending on the model, it gets by with significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.

The new Boxster makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S.

Both are powered by flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, and adding to the enhanced efficiency is an electrical system recuperation, thermal management for engine and transmission cooling, and auto start/stop function.

The entry-level Boxster produces 265hp and 280Nm of torque from its 2.7-litre engine, an increment of 10hp more than its predecessor.

Technically, the engine of the standard Boxster is based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S that deliver 315hp and 360Nm of torque, 5hp more than before.

The new Boxster is undoubtedly a very impressive machine, much better looking in the metal than these photos suggest.

As for the drive, we are en route to St Tropez in the south of France to drive both cars and will get back to you with overall impressions and more pictures in the print version of Star Rev.

So stay tuned.

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