MOTOR MAGAZINE: Porsche unveils new Boxster

Porsche has released details of its new Boxster, featuring an all-new alloy body, upgraded engines and comprehensively reworked chassis.

The revised roadster is lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, the base car’s 2.7-litre DI flat six now producing 195kW (up seven kW) and the S’s 3.4-litre unit delivering 232kW (up four kW). Transmission choice is six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK dual clutch.

No surprise that claimed 0-100km/h performance has dropped to 5.7sec for the 2.7 and 5.0sec flat for the S. On the flip side new features like electro-mechanical power steering help to further reduce weight, with claimed fuel economy improved by 15percent.

The new car features wider tracks and bigger wheels, contributing to a broader, more muscular stance . And with Porsche’s torque vectoring with mechanical rear axle differential lock now standard the car’s already outstanding dynamics are set to be even sharper.

European on-sale is scheduled for April, after an official debut at the Geneva motor show in March, with local deliveries on track for the third quarter of this year.

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